Dear All,
Please help me judge the acceptability of following English sentences. (either acceptable, unacceptable, or marginal)
1. Down which hill there rolled a small child?
2. Down which hill rolled a small child?
3. Down which hill did there roll a small child?
4. Down which hill there came a small child?
5. Down which hill came a small child?
6. Down which hill did there come a small child?

Thanks in advance and have a nice day!
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On 27 Apr 2004 09:25:00 -0700, Arthur Wang (Email Removed) wrote, in part:
Please help me judge the acceptability of following English sentences. (either acceptable, unacceptable, or marginal) 1. Down which hill there rolled a small child?

Wrong.
2. Down which hill rolled a small child?

Technically right, but stilted. Garden pathlike.
3. Down which hill did there roll a small child?

Technically right, I guess, but wholly unacceptable.
4. Down which hill there came a small child?

Right, but stilted. But not as bad as #2.
5. Down which hill came a small child?

Right, but stilted. But not as bad as #5.
6. Down which hill did there come a small child?

Right, but stilted. But not as bad as #6.
Better than any of those, imo, are:

7. Down which hill did a small child roll/come?
8. Which hill did a small child come/roll down?

(Purists will reject #8. I prefer it to #7.)
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Perfectly acceptable!

So no. 3 becomes more acceptable if you replace the verb "roll" with "come"?

Your numbering system has come adrift. You say that 5 is better than 5 and 6 is better than 6. I think it's vice versa ;-)
Better than any of those, imo, are: 7. Down which hill did a small child roll/come? 8. Which hill did a small child come/roll down?

Agreed
(Purists will reject #8. I prefer it to #7.)

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Dear All, Please help me judge the acceptability of following English sentences. (either acceptable, unacceptable, or marginal) 1. Down which ... small child? 5. Down which hill came a small child? 6. Down which hill did there come a small child?

Why can't you just say it normally?: Which hill did a small child roll down?
Dear All, Please help me judge the acceptability of following ... 6. Down which hill did there come a small child?

Why can't you just say it normally?: Which hill did a small child roll down?

What parents would let a small child roll down a hill?
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Skitt filted:
What parents would let a small child roll down a hill?

'ts fun!...you should try it..r
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To you, perhaps. Personally, that's precisely the ending I'd use, were I to start the sentence in the manner shown.
Cheers - Ian
Hm. Now that I look at it again, #3 looks better than some of the others. But still stilted.
Your numbering system has come adrift. You say that 5 is better than 5 and 6 is better than 6. I think it's vice versa ;-)

-) No, I meant that 5 is better than 4, and 6 than 5. 3 and 6 are about even, with 6 sounding better to me for some reason: maybe because the the transitive sense of 'roll' makes 3 sound like 'there' is a subject or something.
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Why can't you just say it normally?: Which hill did a small child roll down?

What parents would let a small child roll down a hill?

Jack's and Jill's.
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