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Why do we put subject and auxiliary verbs e.g., have, be, do at the end of the sentence? I found this kind of sentences from a fantasy book named The last apprentice by Joseph Delany.

Examples:

  1. Got what I need, you have.
  2. Bossy and arrogant, he is.
  3. Try to help her, I did.
  • Are you asking under what circumstances this is done because it's not a common construction? – KillingTime Apr 26 '19 at 5:17
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    We don't, ordinarily, but Yoda never learned to put the tensed verb in the main clause, right after the subject. – Greg Lee Apr 26 '19 at 5:19
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    @Api Api did you read these expressions in a book? If so, please edit tell us its title and the name of its author. If they come from a film, give us this information too IN your question NOT in a comment. Thanks. – Mari-Lou A Apr 26 '19 at 6:04
  • @GregLee The first example sounds quite wrong but the other phrases sound as if they are a form of dated Cockney or another outdated British English dialect. – Mari-Lou A Apr 26 '19 at 6:32
  • @Mari-LouA "Outdated British English dialect"? That's rather tendentious. Cockney? I'm not sure about that. Sounds more like Welsh, it does. It's sometimes called "focus fronting" or "predicate fronting". – Rosie F May 30 '19 at 6:32
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It's much more likely that the verb would be repeated at the end of the sentence by way of emphasis - "You're cute, you are" (to a baby or pet animal) - "I'm Henery the Eighth, I am." - "She's a great cook, she is."

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It sounded like the writer paraphrased it in his own creative way, like how he would have narrated it in movies. (Written vs Spoken English)

  1. Do you have what I need? Yes.

  2. Is he bossy and arrogrant? Yes.

  3. Did I try to help her? Yes.

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