different word orders

ragan

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I've been playing around abit with the word order here. Please check it.
A house where a prisoner was in was surrounded.
A house which a prisoner contained was surrounded.
A house was surrounded, where a prisoner was in.
A house was surrounded, which a prisoner contained.
 

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The first one is the only one that comes close to being a correct sentence, but it should be either; "A house that a prisoner was in was surrounded", or "A house a prisoner was in was surrounded."

Note that a house can contain a prisoner, but a prisoner cannot contain a house.
 

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Maybe the prisoner was illicitly playing Monopoly. Seeing the guard approaching, he quickly swallowed one of the game pieces. :)
 

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Isn't the word order everything?
Once upon a time a had a good girl.
Once upon a girl I had a good time.

So long guys!
 

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Isn't the word order everything?
Once upon a time a had a good girl.
Once upon a girl I had a good time.

So long guys!

Neither one is a grammatical sentence. The first would be a somewhat distasteful sentence if you replaced "a" with "I". I can't make sense out of the second at all.
 
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