Does someones knows what is the right order? Where do I put 'it was'

A)"A shocking moment it was and I became dreadfully afraid to open my eyes.."

V)"It was a shocking moment and I became dreadfully afraid to open my eyes.."

  • Can be used in regular speech for confirmation of a statement made earlier without sounding like Yoda, like: "He warned me it would be a shocking moment. A shocking moment it was." – Rusty Core Feb 11 at 17:42

Option V is standard, whereas Option A sounds odd or like there's an overwhelming need to emphasize the information appearing first.

Option V is more usual ("It was a shocking moment"), since it follows a standard expected order:

subject ("it"), verb ("was"), and object or complement ("a shocking moment")

SVO is the standard pattern for syntax in English. However, some reorganization of this pattern can be attempted for English, in a process known as inversion or fronting. In the case of A, we have:

Object or complement ("A shocking moment"), subject ("it"), verb ("was")

Not many languages use this pattern regularly. In English, the most famous regular speaker in this syntax is Yoda. You only want to write with this syntax when the need to emphasize the object/complement is so urgent that it overwhelms ordinary syntax. (In other words, you front the information.)

Of course, you can use it all the time to sound like a Jedi Master.

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