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Hyperbaton is any deliberate and dramatic departure from standard word order.

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Is any inversion of the usual syntactic word order considered anastrophe/hyperbaton?

Is any inversion of the usual syntactic word order considered anastrophe/hyperbaton? Sometimes we come across inversions in ordinary writing that need not be necessarily literary in tone— can we apply ...
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Is it permitted to put the subject after a copula instead of before it?

For instance, can one say “Smart is the Eastern system”?
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'Gone are the days when ... ' Is this expression often used?

Is the expression 'gone are the days when ...' often used in everyday English? Or is it something you can see only in books?
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How to explain this sentence:"The summer of 2012 was the warmest in 170 years, records show." [closed]

The summer of 2012 was the warmest in 170 years, records show. I encountered this sentence in a passage from the SAT Practice Test #1, being totally confused. Are there inversion and omission in this ...
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Object-subject-verb order in "X does not a Y make" [duplicate]

I've seen the phrase "... does not an honest man make" used, and wanted to know wheather this usage constitutes an idiom or sentance pattern. Some example usages from the internet: A long ...
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Is this a correct way to use hyperbaton?

Soon this man found himself in the clutches of an evil witch. Mean, full of hatred hell-bent she was on finding and killing him no matter the cost. Does the latter part of the sentence above make ...
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Difference between "She is hot" and "Hot she is"? [closed]

Is there any difference on these two usages "She is hot" and "Hot she is" ??
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Can I use the adjective as the first word?

Is it okay if I rearrange the sentence The apple on the table was green or The green apple was on the table to put the adjective in front, as the first word, like Green, was the apple on ...
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Why is this a hyperbaton?

According to Wikipedia, this is a hyperbaton: "Whom god wishes to destroy, he first makes mad" — Euripides Is that right, and if so, why? My native language is Swedish, but I speak English ...
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Unusual word order in a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is “xxxx doth not a yyyy make” considered valid English? Proper usage/origin of the generic phrase “[action phrase] does not a [noun] make” “Two films don't a revolution ...
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Is this correct: "Aloof the hallow things shall always be"?

I'm writing a poem, and I wondered if, to a native speaker, this would sound awkward (or grammatically incorrect): Aloof the hallow things shall always be. As a variant of The hallow things ...
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What's it called when you make an adjective post-positive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify? In English, adjectives usually precede the nouns they describe, as in "organic carrots". However, in some cases "normal" ...
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Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify?

Right now I can only think of one instance in which this regularly occurs. The adjective proper is sometimes placed after the noun it modifies, e.g: Reptilia: A class of cold-blooded oviparous or ...
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Is "The City Beautiful" (Orlando's motto) grammatically correct?

I have always wondered why the motto of the City of Orlando, FL (USA) is worded as The City Beautiful instead of The Beautiful City: Is The City Beautiful grammatically correct? If so, do you have ...
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Why is "xxxx doth not a yyyy make" considered valid English?

Reading doth not a writer make. This sounds all wrong so why it is acceptable to use? The word order looks to be all out sequence (Object-Subject-Verb). It should be "reading does not make you a ...
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Is employing hyperbaton correct in English?

I've often seen the sentence structure "____ does not a ____ make" which I've now discovered is called hyperbaton. the use, especially for emphasis, of a word order other than the expected or ...
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