What is communication? We all would end up saying that communication is talking, exchanging of thoughts through words, etc. In simple terms, the answer is yes, that is what communication is. But deep down, communication is something that is not bound to only languages. It can be done through expressions, through art, sign language, vision, and at times, even through a smile.
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But amongst all, we choose to take the easy one, i.e., through words, through speaking an actual language.
English, today, is not merely a language that is used for communication, but it is a way we connect with the world. Although we all have learned our share of grammar during our school days, while speaking, we need to keep in mind and in practice to use the correct way of ‘word ordering’ of the English language to make sense of the sentences. Read more for 5 Most effective secrets of English learning.
Now, what is the right way to word order? You may be coming across this term for the first time, but many have already heard about it and worked hard to explain it. We all try to practice this while we speak or write the language, but we never put an emphasis on how we to do it technically, and why do we need to do it.
So, here, let’s get to know about this process of learning, speaking and writing the language English.
What is Word Order in the English language?
This is the first question that needs to be answered when we start off with this topic. Word order is the placing or arrangement of words in any sentence. Every word used in the construction of a sentence should justify each other and should not make a noise standing beside the other.
In general, the format that we use for English is Subject-Verb-Object to frame any sentence. This is the order through which the sentence is constructed to make sense and to be grammatically correct.
Now, let’s take a ride to the meaning of Subject-Verb-Object one after the other.
The subject is a noun – the person, place, or thing which is most essential part of the sentence. The verb is the action or the state of being that acts as a bridge between the subject and object. Lastly, the object is the word or the group of words that are influenced by the verb.
Example: The boy is speaking in the class. Here, the boy is the subject, speaking is the verb and class is the object. This kind of arrangement of words gives meaning to the sentence.
Usage of English Word Order
A sentence, be it small or big should have the Subject-Verb-Object framing into it. The format, if not followed properly, can bring in a lot of confusion and the meaning of the sentence also changes completely. For example, the boy passed the pen.
The pen passed the boy. You can easily understand that with a change in position of object and subject, the meaning of the sentence has been disrupted and it simply does not make any sense.
Usage of word order is needed to make a sense of the sentence. Scattered sentences do not come up with any meaning. In few cases, miscommunications can also take place as the placements of words were inappropriate and the reader or listener could not make any logic out of them.
Few more examples of Word Ordering in the English language
- ‘The teacher taught in the class,’ is the correct construction of a sentence, whereas changing the places of Subject-Verb-Object will change the sentence itself. Like, the class taught the teacher or taught the teacher the class. Both ways it does not have any meaning anymore.
- Another one is black and white. Such words, like, black and white, need a proper arrangement to make sense. No native speaker will ever say white and black. Would they now?
Being a first-time learner of the language English, you must always keep in mind to use the format of ‘SVO’ while speaking or writing anything in English. It may take up some time, but practicing this on a daily basis along with the experts at WizMantra Academy will nurture and polish your language in no time!
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