I study descriptive grammar of English and don't quite get the theme and rheme part. Could someone tell me what is theme in this sentence: "Where the first men originated we do not know." ?

  • It could be either, I think - homo neandertalis seems to have originated in what is now Romania; where the first men originated, we do not know vs The first men lived mainly on squirrel meat and an onion-like vegetable that is now extinct blah blah blah new paragraph where the first men originated, we do not know. In the second case the only reason they can't be used is that too much has been said since the first men were first mentioned. – Minty Jun 15 at 10:22

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