"When the gods created the world, the baobob was among the first trees to appear on the land. Next came the graceful palm tree."

from a Korean English textbook


a. Next came the graceful palm tree.

b. Next the graceful palm tree came.


Are they both correct?


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Doc V posted:

There is nothing grammatically wrong with either of your examples.  I find that the phrasing of (a) lends itself much better to the poetic nature of the context.

I agree. (a) is in fact a case of full inversion. Similar examples can be found with other adverbs in front position, like first, then, here, there, out, in, off, away, etc.

I think there should be a comma after Next in (b). Otherwise, this might sound better and more balanced:

(c) The graceful palm tree came next

which reflects the "normal" order of sentences: Subject - Verb - Objects - Adverbials

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