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    Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Dear teachers, please help me with this confusion:
    Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning of a setence as the subject , : "Behind my house is a garden ", instead of :" There is a garden behind my house"?
    Thankyou very much in advance.
    kenk

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    You sure can.
    Around this corner is my favorite ice cream stand.
    Under my bed are dust bunnies the size of turkey vultures.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Thankyou sir,but then is it grammatically right? for the sentence consists of no subject ? Or is it used in English spoken only? how could a preposition become or act the same as a noun or its equivalents ? please explain it to me, thanks alot !

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You sure can.
    Around this corner is my favorite ice cream stand.
    Under my bed are dust bunnies the size of turkey vultures.
    please Mr. Barb_D ?
    Thankyou .

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    1. I'm not a mister.
    2. It's okay to wait more than 15 minutes before assuming no one will answer you.
    3. It's called inversion and you put the verb before the subject.

    Up the tree ran the squirrel.
    Across the field marked the army.
    Under the bed are many dust bunnies.
    Behind my house is a beautiful garden.
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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Thankyou Barb_d ! but those sentences you gave are in Inversion,which is to emphasize the actions that happen quickly, suddenly, surprisingly when people are expecting them..as in :" there he is ! There the bus comes !"..etc..but in my given sentence,there is no subject : " Behind my house is a garden!" so, it could not come from:" There is a garden behind my house",which the speaker wanna show, introduce something existed,unlike something expected then happens suddenly like the sentences above with verbs other than to be and There ( There is, There are...)In short,when we can say: There is a garden behind my house and when we can say: Behind my house is a garden ? or ir doesn't matter?
    p/s: I am sorry to make you upset upon my impatience, today is my first time here . Thanks again and forgive me if I sound troublesome.
    Last edited by kenkk2; 29-Sep-2010 at 06:44.

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Hi again Ken,
    I'm sorry for not welcoming you to the forums. I didn't notice it was your first post. Please accept my belated welcome.

    We use inverted word order (when the subject comes after the verb), in many situations. It is not limited to expressions of surprise.

    The examples we've had in this thread are all properly inverted sentences.

    I would use "There is a lovely garden behind my house" or "Behind my house is a lovely garden" without any sense of a difference between them. You might use the second one to show a contrast to what is in front.

    My house looks out over a major street without much of a view, but behind my house is...
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Could a preposition phrase be placed at the beginning...

    Thankyou Barb_D very much indeed !

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