I've got the following sentence:
'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.'
It's originally from the Harry Potter book.
Here we have the part 'through the branches above' that cracked up the SVO order.
I don't know how to explain, but it seems quite strange. If I say 'a ray of moonlight shining through the branches above lit a spot of blood', it's fine
but if I don't have an adjective clause it looks weird.
It seems more natural to say 'a ray of moonlight lit a spot of silver blue blood through the branches above'
Simplifying, we could say 'A ray lit a spot through the branches', not 'a ray through the branches lit a spot' A Method comes after.
Here is the question: Could I write sentences such as the last one and what's a grammatically correct way to do it?
Update: I've found an answer.
"I ate steak in pepper sauce"
Ordinary people think that ''in pepper sauce'' is adjectival, whereas I ate steak while sitting in pepper sauce. I couldn't see how ''through the branches'' could modify 'a ray' without adding one more word
''a ray shining through the branches lit a spot''
Without 'shining' there was just one possibility for me, which is to light something through branches.
however, the original Rowling's sentence could be interpreted in both ways. But it is archaic to put an adverb before the verb it modifies. (And this is why I asked the question. It felt weird in terms of an adverbial interpretation)
So...an adverbial version:
Every now and then a ray of moonlight faintly lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.
an adjectival version:
'Every now and then a ray of moonlight shining through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.'