Grammar Basics: What is the correct word order in English?

Grammar Basics: What is the correct word order in English?
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Updated on 8 March 2016

Word order in English is fixed for most speaking and writing.

In English, sentences start with a subject and are immediately followed by a verb. In questions, this order is switched.

She is a friend.
Is she a friend?

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