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Is the subject always in the first part of the sentence?

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February 03, 2009 4:48AM

In English, the most common pattern today is certainly with the

subject in the beginning of the sentence; and it is certainly true

for simple sentences: "Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest" --

where Edmund Hillary is the subject. One can interchange subject

and object by using passive voice: "Mount Everest was climbed by

Edmund Hillary". But in that case the subject becomes Mount

Everest, and it still comes first. The most likely constructions

with the subject at the end are going to be archaic or poetic,

"Into battle rode the five thousand."

It is true that it is the most common pattern, but a good writer

varies their sentence beginnings.

Original Sentence: I feel peace and calm when I look at the

water and hear the waves. Looking over the water and hearing the

waves, I feel such a peace. When I look at the wate and hear the

waves, I feel peaceful. Relaxed and calm, I look at the water and

feel at peace. In short, NO the subject is not always in the first

part of the sentence.

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