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    the order of clause

    Hi, Teachers.

    If I want to emphasize one of two or more clauses of a sentence, is it better to put it at the front or at the back of the sentence?

    Take the following sentences for example.

    (1.1) Because I was ill for six month, I lost my job.
    (1.2) I lost my job because I was ill for six month.
    If I want to emphasize the reason, which one is better?

    (2.1) When I was a child, I liked reading.
    (2.2) I liked reading when I was a child.
    If I want to emphasize the time, which one is better?

    If there are some general rules for determining the clause order, please tell me.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia


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    Re: the order of clause

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Hi, Teachers.

    If I want to emphasize one of two or more clauses of a sentence, is it better to put it at the front or at the back of the sentence?

    Take the following sentences for example.

    (1.1) Because I was ill for six months, I lost my job.
    (1.2) I lost my job because I was ill for six months.
    If I want to emphasize the reason, which one is better? #1

    (2.1) When I was a child, I liked reading.
    (2.2) I liked reading when I was a child.
    If I want to emphasize the time, which one is better? #1

    If there are some general rules for determining the clause order, please tell me.

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia
    Very often, clause order of this kind is stylistic and preferential.

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    Re: the order of clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Very often, clause order of this kind is stylistic and preferential.
    Thank you very much, Anglika.

    I'm sorry I have no idea about your statement: very often, clause order of this kind is stylistic and preferential.
    Can you provide some more detailed explanation or examples for me?

    Thank you in advance. ^_^

    Enydia

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