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    Verb before noun

    Could anyone please tell me what's wrong with the placing of the word 'rose' in this sentence? My teacher said it should come after 'the Himalayan mountains':
    'To the north, where the Heaven of the Gods and the round earth meet, rose the Himalayan mountains like a clear line towards the blue sky'

    To me it sounds okay or am i just getting mixed up with the Danish grammar?
    Last edited by Agnes; 16-Mar-2007 at 11:48. Reason: correction


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    Re: Verb before noun

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    Could anyone please tell me what's wrong with the placing of the word 'rose' in this sentence? My teacher said it should come after 'the Himalayan mountains':
    'To the north, where the Heaven of the Gods and the round earth meet, rose the Himalayan mountains like a clear line towards the blue sky'

    To me it sounds okay or am i just getting mixed up with the Danish grammar?
    It's a stylistic preference. Nothing is wrong with it - except that it is a poetic approach! It's a nice line.

    However, I imagine your teacher wants you to show you understand subject/verb placing.


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    Re: Verb before noun

    Hi,
    Anglika has explained everything; I'd only like to add that inversion is also typical for fairy tales:
    In came the ogre and said, "Fee,fy, fo, fum,
    I smell the blood of an Englishman..."

    I am sorry if the fee,fy... is misspelt - I only heard it, but didn't see.

    Regards

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    Re: Verb before noun

    It's usually spelt 'fie' - Jack and the Beanstalk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . But if you go to that link, the first thing you see is a picture with the spelling 'fi' in the caption. What matters is the sound, and you know that.

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    Re: Verb before noun

    Thanks, Bob.

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