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SVO is the basic word order of main clauses and subordinate clauses in present-day English:

Subject + Verb + Object.

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    • Compared with many other languages, SVO word order in English is fairly inflexible.

    • English shares this SVO order with other languages to which it is related, such as Greek, French or Norwegian, and with other languages to which it is not related, such as Swahili or Malay (Burridge, 1996: 351).


    • The communicative strategy found in the SVO word order can be considered listener-oriented because the speaker or writer, who has new information to communicate, considers more important the fact that the message is clear to the hearer than his/her necessity to communicate (Siewierska, 1996: 374).


    • The engineer [S] built [V] a strong design [O].


    • The students [S] need [V] papers, books and laptops [O].


    • The professor [S] held up [V] an orange [O].


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