What are examples of inverted syntax?

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Inverted syntax occurs when the normal order of words in a sentence is flipped to achieve some kind of emphasis or effect. An example of normal syntax is "The weather is lovely today" which follows correct word order in English. Inverting that sentence can lead to "How lovely the weather is today."

A syntax inversion in English is achieved by placing the adjective before the verb, putting a verb before its subject or using a noun ahead of its preposition. Examples include "the sky blue" for an adjective-verb inversion, "shouts the politician" for a verb-subject inversion and "worlds between" for a noun-preposition phrase.

Inversions happen regularly with interrogatives, as the verbs come before subjects. Consider the example "Mary is 10 years old" versus "How old is Mary?" Exclamations also feature inverted syntax, like "What a pretty dog that is!"

Also known as anastrophe, Shakespeare used inverted syntax in many of his plays, including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth" in order to draw attention to internal conflict. When Macbeth says "the gracious Duncan have I murther'd," the inverted syntax gives readers a window into the conflict in Macbeth's mind.

A more modern use of anastrophe can be found in the cultural phenomenon "Star Wars" by listening to the speech patterns of Yoda who uses inverted syntax regularly in sentences such as "Strong am I with the Force."

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