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    word order


    "It is a puzzle that is stated in terms familiar to every schoolchild."

    Excerpted from a published book.

    I was wondering if one could/should invert the order of "familiar" and "terms" to:
    "It is a puzzle that is stated in familiar terms to every schoolchild."

    What are the involved rules?

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    Re: word order

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post

    "It is a puzzle that is stated in terms familiar to every schoolchild."

    Excerpted from a published book.

    I was wondering if one could/should invert the order of "familiar" and "terms" to:
    "It is a puzzle that is stated in familiar terms to every schoolchild."

    What are the involved rules?
    No, it's wrong to do that.
    The meaning is "... terms [which are] familiar to every schoolchild."
    So it's a reduced relative clause that you can't separate like that.
    If you want a rule: If it's a reduced relative clause, don't separate it.
    Compare:
    She is a girl known only to me and my family. [a girl who is known ...]
    * She is a known girl only to me and my family. Wrong




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    Re: word order

    Thank you Raymott.

    You had already explained me that in another situation where the invertion was possible, but I had forgotten (sorry). I am looking for it somewhere in my old posts to reread.

    Thanks once more for your clear explanation.

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