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    Conditional sentence order

    Hello,
    I have a question regarding a conditional sentence. The sentence:

    ( If you put a coin in water, it sinks. )

    can we order it this way? Only using the same words.

    1- If you put in water a coin, it sinks.
    2- A coin sinks if you put it in water.
    2- It sinks if you put a coin in water.
    3- A coin sinks in water if you put it. ( without adding in)

    Are they correct?

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Only #2 is natural.

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    #3

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    #3 is decidely unnatural to me.

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    #4

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    #3 is decidely unnatural to me.
    Ungrammatical, too.
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    #5

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    How about a far second when compared to the other two? (The nit-picking here tends to be amusing; or do we mindlessly follow the pecking order?)
    Here's the proposed sentence: A coin sinks in water if you put it. There's nothing to nitpick here: that's just not a grammatical English sentence.

    [EDIT] I just noticed that I reported the sentence labeled "3". It's actually the fourth sentence in the query.
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    #6

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    To be clear. Only the second sentence is correct and natural.

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    #7

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Quote Originally Posted by RobertJ View Post
    With #3 running a close second.
    Which one were you referring to? The numbers were all mixed up.

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    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Quote Originally Posted by Karam1 View Post
    1 - If you put in water a coin, it sinks.
    2 - A coin sinks if you put it in water.
    3 - It sinks if you put a coin in water.
    4 - A coin sinks in water if you put it. ( without adding in)
    I have renumbered them above. For me, only 2 is natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Number 1 is OK. A lot of my conditional sentences begin life in that form. Number 2 is an improvement, and is the style I aim for.
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    #10

    Re: Conditional sentence order

    Thank you all for your feedback and I apologize for mixing up the numbers.


    1- If you put in water a coin, it sinks. I'm Not sure
    2- A coin sinks if you put it in water. Correct
    3- It sinks if you put a coin in water. Ungrammatical
    4- A coin sinks in water if you put it. Ungrammatical

    Actually I'm interested since the 4 sentences can be heard in my mother language, colloquial Arabic. I'm still confused about number 1

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