"Given are two diagrams..." Is it correct?


Could anyone explain to me this sentence:

"Given are two diagrams that explain the relationship between X and Y."


Why "given" is placed at the beginning? Is it an inversion? How is this sentence structured?



asked Feb 11 '14 at 15:19 Apple New member

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'Given' is the past participle form of the verb 'to give' and used as a noun in this sentence.

It can be written as it is, or the predicate nominative 'diagrams' could be used as the subject which would move 'given' to the predicate nominative position.


Two diagrams are given that explain...


Either way is correct.

link comment answered Feb 11 '14 at 20:06 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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