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    It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    It was the best meal I've ever had last night.



    I read this sentence in a Chinese grammar book of English. Is it good English? Or is it acceptable? I mean, the noun subject 'last night' is put at the end of the sentence, like these sentences I read in
    EXPLORING GRAMMAR IN CONTEXT by Ronald Carter,Rebecca Hughes & Michael McCarthy, Cambridge University Press (2000):

    It's a nice garden for growing vegetables that of yours.
    She's a lovely singer Kay.
    I'm going to have Mississippi mud pie I am.
    It's really cold this wind isn't it?
    Look how far that comes out that bit of wood.
    You wonder if it's ever going to stop this rain.
    It's normally only made of plastic that sort of stuff.

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    Re: It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    [quote=joham;485784]It was the best meal I've ever had last night.


    I would rather say: "Last night, it was the best meal I've ever had"

    But I think your sentence is also acceptable.

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    Re: It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    The first sentence is correct and fits general usage.

    The rest are not so good:
    Yours is a nice garden for growing vegetables.
    Kay is a lovely singer.
    I'm going to have Mississippi Mud Pie.
    This wind is really cold, isn't it?
    You wonder if this rain is ever going to stop.
    It's normally made of plastic or similar.

    Look how far that (knife, stick, knot, something else) comes out of that bit of wood.

    The six I have altered show a better form, but the originals can be heard in spoken English although sounding clumsy.
    The last one is different. The 'object' is not mentioned, just alluded to by 'that'. This would be acceptable if the speaker and the listener were there looking at the piece of wood. Note the 'out of'. It could also be 'out from'. It would depend upon the object involved.

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    Re: It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    I am interested in what register these sentences would be used, if they are used in current English.

    A piece contains one or two of them (the sample ones) is appreciated.

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    Re: It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    Are they only clumsy spoken things?


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    Re: It was the best meal I've ever had last night.

    It was the best meal I've ever had, last night.

    It's a nice garden for growing vegetables, (that of) yours.
    She's a lovely singer, Kay.
    I'm going to have Mississippi mud pie, I am.
    Look how far that comes out, that bit of wood.
    You wonder if it's ever going to stop, this rain.
    It's normally only made of plastic, that sort of stuff.
    It's really cold, this wind, isn't it?

    These are examples of colloquial speech, but note that there should be a comma preceding each.

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