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    about "out"

    Please teach me why "out" is used before "comes" in this sentence below.

    ex: "The houses where you go into the bathroom and turn on the faucet
    and out comes hot water."

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    Re: about "out"

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please teach me why "out" is used before "comes" in this sentence below.

    ex: "The houses where you go into the bathroom and turn on the faucet
    and out comes hot water."
    1...The above is not a (complete) sentence.
    2...You need "out" somewhere, either where it is or as '...and hot water comes out.'

    You can say either of the following.
    a) Put your money in and a cup of coffee comes out.
    b) In goes your money and out comes a cup of coffee.

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    Re: about "out"

    Quote Originally Posted by ivygreen View Post
    Please teach me why "out" is used before "comes" in this sentence below.

    ex: "The houses where you go into the bathroom and turn on the faucet
    and out comes hot water."
    It is simply a manner of speech. You could say:
    'and hot water comes out'. In turning the sentence around it puts more emphasis on 'out', as if that is not quite the expected result, or, to demonstrate it as exceptional.


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    Re: about "out"

    Dear 2006 , apex2000


    Thank you so much to both of you.


    It's interesting and new to know about one of the usages which
    2006 taught me:

    b) In goes your money and out comes a cup of coffee.


    and the reason which apex 2000 taught me :

    In turning the sentence around it puts more emphasis on 'out', as if that is not quite the expected result, or, to demonstrate it as exceptional.


    I undersand well. I am very glad to know them. Thanks a lot.


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    Re: about "out"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    1...The above is not a (complete) sentence.
    That's not an important consideration for what is obviously speech, is it, 2006?


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    Re: about "out"

    This is just another kind of inversion -with verbs of movement or be-. It is also called inversion but there is no real inverted word order all you do is just place the adverb -direction or here, there- before subject and verb. These will be familiar to you: Here it is, there you are, Up it goes, Off they went...it places more emphasis on the adverb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    That's not an important consideration for what is obviously speech, is it, 2006?
    I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's obviously speech, but it may be. The comment is directed at anyone who might think that it is a complete sentence.


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    Re: about "out"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    1...The above is not a (complete) sentence.
    2...You need "out" somewhere, either where it is or as '...and hot water comes out.'

    You can say either of the following.
    a) Put your money in and a cup of coffee comes out.
    b) In goes your money and out comes a cup of coffee.
    Here,I don't understand this sentence:b)In goes your money and out comes a cup of coffee.
    why you put "out" before the come??Ususally we say"come out a cup of coffee".
    Would you tell me"why?"I have no idea to understand.Thank a lots

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    Re: about "out"

    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenix Wu View Post
    Here,I don't understand this sentence:b)In goes your money and out comes a cup of coffee. This is not the usual word order, but sometimes this word order is used and this word order is what the original question was about.
    why you put "out" before the come??Ususally we say"come out a cup of coffee". No, we don't say that! We say 'a cup of coffee comes out' or 'out comes a cup of coffee'.
    Do you mind telling us what your native language is?
    Would you tell me"why?"I have no idea to understand.Thank a lots
    2006


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    2006
    Sure,I can tell you.I am from China.Our language it doesn't english.We speak chinese language.
    Can you speak chinese??

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