Definition of word order in US English:

word order


  • The sequence of words in a sentence, especially as governed by grammatical rules and as affecting meaning.

    ‘word order in English is relatively fixed’
    • ‘Silly sentences are made by changing the word order.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, in many cases where word order is fixed, a semantic explanation is difficult to come by.’
    • ‘To learn the languages with inversions, it is enough to know the words and their inflections; to learn the French language, we must also retain the word order.’
    • ‘Well yes, but if I'd written that sentence, I'd have changed the word order.’
    • ‘It is not related to Israeli or Jordanian sign languages, and its word order differs from that of the spoken languages of the region.’
    • ‘The surface word order, of course, will vary from language to language, according to the rules that language prescribes for the relationship between parts of speech.’
    • ‘Not only do the dolphins understand the meaning of individual words, they also understand the significance of word order in a sentence.’
    • ‘Another activity will help pupils to learn the correct word order.’
    • ‘Results of the study show that both word choice and word order give a routinized feel to the apologies, in part attributable to American Sign Language.’
    • ‘This, he claimed, is a literal translation of the Arabic word order.’
    • ‘This search does not determine the word order in the paper title, but for the words to make sense in a sentence, the word order will have to remain grammatically correct and the sense remain approximately the same.’
    • ‘In reference to the first category of syntax, the rules of word order in the Chinese sentence are so varied that they cause noticeable interference in the order of subject and object pronouns that Chinese EFL learners produce.’
    • ‘In the areas of punctuation and usage, the Spanish language is much more flexible with commas, semicolons, and word order, and long sentences that would be considered run-ons in English are commonly acceptable in Spanish.’
    • ‘Deviation of basic word order yields a shift in meaning.’
    • ‘It appears to be the case that no language has its word order or anything about its syntax determined by facts of pronunciation.’
    • ‘Emphatic word order helps the news writer solve the most difficult problems.’
    • ‘This language has Verb-Object-Subject word order.’
    • ‘At the same time, Welsh, the language of that part of Britain which the invaders called foreign, acquired its characteristics of initial mutations, a complex word order, and an accent on the penultimate syllable.’
    • ‘She had a quaint accent, and had an odd word order.’
    • ‘Any amount of cuts can be made as long as the original word order is not changed.’


word order

/ˈwərd ˌôrdər/