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    position of inversion

    1. After a 30-minute walk, out came an aged man with a flowing white beard in front of me.

    2. After a 30-minute walk, out in front of me came an aged man with a flowing white beard .

    3. After a 30-minute walk, in front of me out came an aged man with a flowing white beard.

    Could you tell me which position is the best for 'in front of me'?

    Thank you very much indeed.

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    Re: position of inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by panicmonger View Post
    1. After a 30-minute walk, out came an aged man with a flowing white beard in front of me.

    2. After a 30-minute walk, out in front of me came an aged man with a flowing white beard .

    3. After a 30-minute walk, in front of me out came an aged man with a flowing white beard.

    Could you tell me which position is the best for 'in front of me'?

    Thank you very much indeed.
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    For me, the first one is the best, and the last one is also acceptable. The second one is unacceptable, in my opinion.

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    Re: position of inversion

    Because of the fact that you got opinions differing significantly in two posts dealing with the same problem, I'd like to make a statement.
    I thought that you cannot split the verb and its participle in phrasal verbs when used in a sentence of inversion, unless you put a pronoun in between:

    a man | came out | in front of me, where a man is the subject in the form of a noun, came out is a phrasal verb, and in front of me is a prepositional phrase, functioning as adjunct

    Following what I said earlier, in inversion you would get:
    out came | a man | in front of me
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    out | he | came | in front of me

    This is what I had been sure of the topic before seeing the answers by the native speakers in your other post.

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    Re: position of inversion

    1. After a 30-minute walk, out came an aged man with a flowing white beard in front of me.

    2. After a 30-minute walk, out in front of me came an aged man with a flowing white beard .

    3. After a 30-minute walk, in front of me out came an aged man with a flowing white beard.

    1. is wrong because it separates 'out' from 'infront of me' which often leads to confusion about what is in front of me, and the flowing white beard belongs to the aged man.

    2. is correct.

    3. is also correct but is not as good as 2.

    We would normally use 'old' instead of 'sged'.

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    Question Re: position of inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    1. After a 30-minute walk, out came an aged man with a flowing white beard in front of me.

    1. is wrong because it separates 'out' from 'in front of me' which often leads to confusion about what is in front of me, and the flowing white beard belongs to the aged man.
    Is it wrong because it may lead to confusion, or because it is not grammatical?

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    Re: position of inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Because of the fact that you got opinions differing significantly in two posts dealing with the same problem
    Engee has highlighted the reason we ask people not to post the same question, or similar questions, more than once.

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    Exclamation Re: position of inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Engee has highlighted the reason we ask people not to post the same question, or similar questions, more than once.
    I'm looking for or trying to remember a word (adjective) that I could add to mean the same posts on the same topic being submitted
    ...in two ???simultanous/correlating/or any other idea??? posts

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    Re: position of inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Is it wrong because it may lead to confusion, or because it is not grammatical?
    Both.

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