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    different word orders

    I've been playing around abit with the word order here. Please check it.
    A house where a prisoner was in was surrounded.
    A house which a prisoner contained was surrounded.
    A house was surrounded, where a prisoner was in.
    A house was surrounded, which a prisoner contained.

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    Re: different word orders

    The first one is the only one that comes close to being a correct sentence, but it should be either; "A house that a prisoner was in was surrounded", or "A house a prisoner was in was surrounded."

    Note that a house can contain a prisoner, but a prisoner cannot contain a house.
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    Re: different word orders

    Maybe the prisoner was illicitly playing Monopoly. Seeing the guard approaching, he quickly swallowed one of the game pieces.
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    Re: different word orders

    Isn't the word order everything?
    Once upon a time a had a good girl.
    Once upon a girl I had a good time.

    So long guys!

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    Re: different word orders

    Quote Originally Posted by ragan View Post
    Isn't the word order everything?
    Once upon a time a had a good girl.
    Once upon a girl I had a good time.

    So long guys!
    Neither one is a grammatical sentence. The first would be a somewhat distasteful sentence if you replaced "a" with "I". I can't make sense out of the second at all.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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