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    zhagnxupage is offline Newbie
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    The verb before noun

    I was reading some books and some poems. I found that sometimes the author put the verb before the subject, just like:

    He saw the elephant, was he scared.

    Why can he do that?
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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: The verb before noun

    Can you indicate what you mean by "verb before the noun". It is normal to have verbs in front of nouns.

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    zhagnxupage is offline Newbie
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    Re: The verb before noun

    I am sorry. I meant that "verb before the subject".

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: The verb before noun

    In your sentence above:

    He = subject
    saw = verb
    the elephant = object.

    The full sentence is incorrect in that Was he scared is either question OR it is a rhetorical question, and it should have been divided from the first part with a full stop or a semi-colon. Either way the grammatical structure of that part is correct for a question.

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