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Additional notes on English word order in affirmative sentences

They concern the extremely important issue for this language. The brief explanation of the topic you find in Basic word order in English. To avoid misunderstanding and confusion when communicating, keep the correct word order.

Below examples of English sentence structure are given.Let us see the word order in following two sentences:

1)      By the early 2000s, the number of consumer electronic devices in most homes greatly increased. 

2)      In the USA an average American home has four remotes nowadays.

When studying the word order in these sentences on the table, please, notice:

  • A subject may include nouns, pronouns, adjectives, numerals, but it should always contain at least one noun or one personal pronoun.
  • Time and place can be put at the beginning of a sentence as well as at its end, but their mutual sequence is different (see examples).
Time Place Subject Verb Object Place Time
By the early 2000s  in most homes the number of consumer electronic devices increased.      
By the early 2000s    the number of consumer electronic devices increased   in most homes.  
    The number of consumer electronic devices increased   in most homes by the early 2000s. 
  In most homes the number of consumer electronic devices increased     by the early 2000s. 
             
Nowadays in the USA an average American home has four remotes.    
  In the USA an average American home has four remotes   nowadays.
    An average American home has four remotes in the USA nowadays.
Nowadays   an average American home has four remotes in the USA.  
             

 

 

 

 

 

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