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    Arrow As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

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    Hello, how could a verb be placed before its subject in a sentence like this: "
    As the twig is bent, so grows the tree"
    One more thing, does this proverb mean that what happens early to somebody affects him later
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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    In other words, is putting a verb before its subject grammatically right?


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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, how could a verb be placed before its subject in a sentence like this: "
    As the twig is bent, so grows the tree"
    One more thing, does this proverb mean that what happens early to somebody affects him later Yes, you've got that right, EA.
    Here's a link, [not fully verified] that seems to cover this large area of subject-verb inversion. And yes, these are fully grammatical.

    List of 18 Types of Subject/Verb Inversion

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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the name of the Merciful Allah,
    Hello, how could a verb be placed before its subject in a sentence like this: "
    As the twig is bent, so grows the tree"
    One more thing, does this proverb mean that what happens early to somebody affects him later
    (not a teacher) Your understanding of the verse is correct, and the verb order is fine for poetry. In standard prose it might be "as the twig is bent, so the tree grows", but as in most languages, poetry or lyrics in English have licence to play with word order for artistic effect.

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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    Thank you both so much. For Riverkid, you really have opened my eyes to a new subject in English I didn't know before. May I ask you about several things I couldn't understand fully in the link you've presented? What does intro exactly mean in the first three types? About neg intro, where is the negation in this example: "Only at night can I study
    About intro adverb, is into in its first example: "Into the room ran the lady" adverb
    Finally, which type applies to my proverb?
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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    If you can only do something at night, you cannot do it during the day.

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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    This is the first time you post me a reply, Tdol. Thank you, it is an owner to me .
    Please, could any body help me with the rest of my questions?

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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    I think that the second type "intro adverbial" is the one that applies to this proverb.
    About the meaning of " intro", it means informally an introduction.
    So, there is only one question left, the second type in the link mentioned above:
    List of 18 Types of Subject/Verb Inversion, "intro adverbial", implies this example:Into the room ran the lady, unless into is an adverb, where is the adverb?

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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    Again, in this link: List of 18 Types of Subject/Verb Inversion, I ask about the example mentioned in the second type or " intro adverbial", Into the room ran the lady, unless into is an adverb, where is the adverb?
    Could any body please answer this?
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    Re: As the twig is bent, so grows the tree

    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    Thank you both so much. For Riverkid, you really have opened my eyes to a new subject in English I didn't know before. May I ask you about several things I couldn't understand fully in the link you've presented?

    What does intro exactly mean in the first three types?

    I would say that 'intro' means 'introduction', EA.

    About neg intro, where is the negation in this example:
    "Only at night can I study

    I guess Tdol has covered this.

    About intro adverb, is into in its first example: "Into the room ran the lady" adverb

    'Into the room' is an adverbial phrase.

    Finally, which type applies to my proverb?
    "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."

    I'm not sure which one yours is, EA.

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