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Can I front an adverbial phrase like "high among the clouds"?

While writing a fantasy narration I created this sentence: High among the clouds a castle floated. My American friend tells me it sounds bad to a native ear. I think he sees a problem with the ...
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Arise vs arises with singular subject and plural object

I've found a few similar questions here, but I'm still not sure in this specific case if there should be a preference for using the word arise or arises: Originally proposed before BCS theory as a ...
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How to understand, "had things gone" and "had we had gotten" in a given sentence?

In this transcribed radio interview, I saw two sentences as follows: He said had things gone as forecasted a few days ago, it could have been much worse. You know, had we had gotten that 3 to 6 ...
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What does the "over 8m fewer people" mean?

I've read a sentence from the economist,which is as follows Over 8m fewer people are in work than before the pandemic. I think it looks very strange because why people could be over and fewer at the ...
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Inversion in relative clause

The gardens stretched back to some reasonable-looking pasture land on which grazed a few cattle and sheep. Why is this inversion valid here? I would expect maybe "on which there grazed" (as ...
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What is wrong with the sentence “There put a student an amazing answer to the test”? [closed]

Why is this sentence ungrammatical? There put a student an amazing answer to the test.
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Comma after introductory phrase followed by a verb

While researching the use of commas after introductory prepositional phrases, I came across a document from a university in Texas . In the section for prepositional phrases, it stated, "Never place a ...
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Can you tell is the next sentence right? [closed]

"Along one wall stood a low chest so richly brown as to appear black". Is this sentence right? As I know a subject is always followed by a predicate but in this sentence, the predicate is followed by ...
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Inversion with a prepositional phrase [duplicate]

I understand inversion but I have a difficulty when it comes down to "there." A: Under the window there stood a vase. B: Under the window stood a vase. Here my teacher said that option B ...
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Can the subject go at the end of a clause?

I've recently come across the following sentence: Round the corner walked Hannah, and nearly bumped into Louise. The first clause sounds clumsy to me. I think the example above should be written ...
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What's the Subject in: 'And up here in the corner is me'

If two people are looking at a photo, and one of them pointing out the different people says: And up here in the corner is me. ... what is the Subject of the sentence? The phrase up here in the ...
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Is there no subject in a sentence like "Under the tree is a dog"?

I was trying to find out sentences without a subject, only object, and I came across this where the poster gives following sentences as an example Under the tree is a dog. Next to the park stands ...
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Which one is correct and why?

Across the Chesapeake Bay from the rest of the state ........ , whose farms produce beans, tomatoes, and other garden vegetables. A. there lies Maryland's Eastern Shore B. lies Maryland's Eastern ...
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Can you explain the sentence structure 'In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit'? Why put the verb before the subject?

The opening sentence to The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien reads, In a hole in the ground there lived [verb] a hobbit [subject]. I wonder if there are accepted stylistic purposes for such a structure. ...
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