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    Sentence structure

    I have a very well educated friend that has started using very strange sentence structure. Here is a sentence from his most recent e-mail. After a quick fly in the desert, thirsty I am. He is reversing the order of words. I think it sounds like poor English Something that someone may use if English were not their first language. Please enlighten me as to what exactly is wrong with this, or if it is old English ,or some other colloquialism that I am unfamiliar with.
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    Re: Sentence structure

    The person you should be asking is your friend. It's not normal. First, you should find out whether your friend is aware of his strange sounding sentences. If he is, and says that he's trying out new literary techniques, then that tends to rule out a whole lot of potential causes like acute brain pathology (delirium from drugs, brain tumours, schizophrenia - or he could just be tired - the list is almost endless).
    If he has no idea what you're talking about, there could be a problem.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Talking he is, like Yoda.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Talking he is, like Yoda.
    Does Yoda talk like that? I'm really going to have to get to know this Yoda better, if I'm to keep his avatar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Does Yoda talk like that? I'm really going to have to get to know this Yoda better, if I'm to keep his avatar.
    Yes, I thought it strange that you didn't point it out.

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    get to know this Yoda better
    You can find Yoda's use of anastrophe on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anastrophe
    It seems that you have never watched Star Wars.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Here's a link about Yoda, the Star Wars character whose way of speaking is being imitated: http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/langu...es/002173.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Talking he is, like Yoda.
    I think that would be "Talking like Yoda he is".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sentence structure

    Then maybe the OP has missed a simple cultural allusion and not a brain pathology. Still, my advice is the same that he should ask the writer what he's on about.
    (I'm way overdue for an avatar change anyway.)

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    Aww, no, don't take Yoda away. My avatar will be very lonely if you do.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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