Chapter 3: Apposition and Word Order


Apposition

Word Order
The typical word order of Latin sentences follows the following pattern:
  1. the subject and its modifiers,
  2. the indirect object,
  3. the direct object,
  4. adverbial words or phrases; and
  5. the verb.


This is the style in which the example above is written.

However, there is no "correct" word order for a Latin sentence as there is in English.  The example above could have been written in any one of the following ways and still retain the essential meaning:

Fëminam Catullus poëta Römänus laudat.
Fëminam poëta Römänus Catullus laudat.
Poëta Römänus Catullus laudat fëminam.

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