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Why is word order in the English language important?

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November 03, 2008 7:11AM

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Sam hit Pat.

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Pat hit Sam.

The difference is in the word order. Word order makes a significant difference to Sam and Pat!

In some languages, the subject (e.g. Sam in the first sentence) takes a different form from the object (e.g. Pat in the first sentence). But in English that hardly happens. ("He" and "him" are examples of words that change depending on whether they are subject or object, but English does not have many examples.)

So in English you use word order to say who is doing what, and who is having it done to!