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    Backward ran sentences

    It's a famous Wolcott Gibbs's quotation

    "Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind"

    What is the grammar structure of this sentence? I know it is inverted, but is "ran" a verb here? If so, who "ran sentences"? Thank you for helping.

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    Re: Backward ran sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by meliss View Post
    It's a famous Wolcott Gibbs's quotation

    "Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind"

    What is the grammar structure of this sentence? I know it is inverted, but is "ran" a verb here? If so, who "ran sentences"? Thank you for helping.
    He seems to be parodying a writing style. The sentence should probably be:

    Sentences ran backward until the mind reeled.

    S-V-Adv-Conj-S-V

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