unit7 - Unit 7 WORD ORDER These two sentences have opposite...

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Unit 7: WORD ORDER These two sentences have opposite meanings: Brazil beat Spain 4-2. Brazil won and Spain lost. Spain beat Brazil 4-2. Spain won and Brazil lost. The form of the words in these sentences cannot help us to understand that their meanings are different. Only the order of the words tells us the meaning. Word order is very important in English. Here are some basic rules. In statements, the subject always comes before the verb. SUBJECT VERB John woke up. He could not sleep after that. Each night he had the same problem. The airport was nearby. The planes used to make a terrible noise. In questions a part of the verb must come before the subject (Unit 9). Only adverbs (Unit 64) can go between subject and verb, especially a. frequency adverbs (Unit 73) SUBJECT VERB They never have time to watch TV. b. these words: almost, already, also, just, nearly and still SUBJECT VERB They also work in the evenings. No other kind of word can go in this position.
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