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Forgorin



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2012 5:40 am    Post subject: subject and verbs Reply with quote

Just a quickie,

This sentence, "These animals show their tongues more clearly than do humans."

My question is; why is 'do' before 'humans'? Shouldn't it come after? "These animals show their tongues more clearly than humans do."

Cheers,
Forgorin
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2012 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As this fragment (from Googling " ~ ", which produces only one hit) appears to come from a grammar exercise for Japanese high school students, and the inverted (postposed?) subject isn't complex or heavy enough to warrant such positioning, I wouldn't worry too much about the whys and wherefores - just explain what the default word order should be, and that the marked word order is apparently unnecessary and perhaps therefore a little strange in this instance.
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Forgorin



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 3:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks again Fluffy!
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