Examples of Figures of Speech: Schemes: Changes in Word Order

Examples of Schemes: Changes in Word Order

Changes in word order


Inversion of natural word order.

Example :

One binge does not a bulemic make


Insertion of a verbal unit that interrupts normal syntactical flow.

Example :

I got, so far as the immediate moment was concerned, away

Note: Do not confuse with the punctuation mark. This figure can occur without "( )."


Addition of an adjacent, coordinate, explanatory element.

Example :

Women of this sort——beachcombers, beauty queens, mirror-gazers, supermodel wannabes——never forgive the sins of cellulite


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