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your dictionary you may find useful.
is this sentence correct?
in my opinion, we can start a sentence with the subject to emphasise it.
in this sentence we emphasise that it is the dictionary that we find useful.
so i think 'your dictionary you may find useful' is correct.
am i wrong or not?

eagerly waiting for an authoritative answer.
thank you very much in advance.

inchoate
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inchoate

Hi,

Just a couple of small comments.

1. I believe you mean 'start a sentence with the object'.

2. This type of syntax is usually used to add style to writing. I certainly wouldn't recommend that you get in the habit of doing this every time you write.

Best wishes, Clive
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Inchoateknowledgeyour dictionary you may find useful.
is this sentence correct?
in my opinion, we can start a sentence with the subject to emphasise it.
in this sentence we emphasise that it is the dictionary that we find useful.
so i think 'your dictionary you may find useful' is correct.

Yes, Inchoate, it is. But "your dictionary" is the object in your sentence, while "you" is the subject. You may do this if you want to emphasize the sentence, or - as Clive suggested - to add some style to your piece.

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But if you do it too often, you'll sound like Yoda.

Now, Davkett, a picture with Yoda and a dictionary, please?
Emotion: smile
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incho
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Grammar GeekNow, Davkett, a picture with Yoda and a dictionary, please?

I couldn't find one. Emotion: sad

Davkett, it's all in your hands now. Emotion: big smile

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Preposing the object is not that uncommon in ordinary conversation, particulary in contexts like the following. Note that contrast usually plays a role.

She said ....
And then he said ....
And then she said, "Well, maybe you're not the father anyway!"
Now that remark I found completely astonishing!

-- He completely failed at Problem 6.
-- But what about Problem 5?
-- Ah, well, I must admit, that problem he solved beautifully!

-- Can you stand on your head?
-- Easy.
-- Can you juggle?
-- Oh, yes. Very well.
-- Can you do both at once?
-- No! That I can't do!

He read the letter from his son, but the letter from his mother-in-law he tossed aside.

CJ