Topic: Preposing/postposing

These resources look at how word order can be varied to present information in different ways. We can move elements to an earlier position in the clause than usual (preposing) or to a later position than usual (postposing). For example, instead of I really like those ones, we could prepose those ones to the beginning and say Those ones, I really like.

Preposing

In this exercise you can see what happens when you move elements, particularly Direct Objects, earlier in the clause.

Preposing: Activity

Some things I can remember without writing them down. → I can remember some things without writing them down.

Hardbacks I wouldn’t lend to anyone. → I wouldn't lend hardbacks to anyone.

Preposing and postposing

As writers and speakers there are many ways in which we can present information to readers or hearers by using different word orders and sentence patterns to highlight different aspects of meaning. This is often referred to as information structuring.

There are many ways we can highlight information. Here we will look at two important ones:

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