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"Executed should be the man who bombed the mall yesterday."
On another forum, someone said, "The sentence order does not work."
Do you agree?
It sounds like something Yoda would say. The standard, natural way of saying this is:
The man who bombed the mall yesterday should be executed.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
The moderater wrote "It sounds like an aphorism or proverb". Another said that it sounded like a translation.
"Evil is the man who bombed the mall yesterday" is not natural English.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 04-Feb-2014 at 12:17.
In a blog about inversion, there is an example "So nervous was she that she spilled her coffee."
Is it unnatural too?
No, but that's with 'so'. You can't rephrase that to begin with the adjective.
When you use this type of phrasing, you would usually talk about a TYPE of person - "Evil is the man who doesn't care for the lives he takes." Again, this sounds like a proverb or something. You are talking about ANY person who feels this way and saying any person who feels this way is evil. It's not a specific man.
You don't use it to say what you feel about a specific person who did a specific thing. The man who bombed the mall is evil.
You could also use this phrasing if you want to clarify what evil is.
You say your mother is evil for making you eat your vegetables? No, young man. "Evil" is the man who bombed the mall yesterday. Not a mother trying to make sure you grow up strong and healthy.
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.
Hundreds. We assume that most members are civilised people and don't need to be reminded of common courtesies, use of inappropriate language, avoidance of snarkiness, etc.Any other unwritten rules here?