En réponse à Wesley Parish <[log in to unmask]>: > I just checked some old work I'd done learning Arabic via the > Colloquial > Arabic threesome - Colloquial Arabic (Levantine), Colloquial Egyptian > Arabic > and Colloquial Gulf Arabic, and in Gulf Arabic the only time you get a > SVO is > in a subordinate sentence, eg, "gilt lih ina Jaasim raaH il-bayt" - "I > told > him that Jaasim had gone home." The rest of the time it is straight > VSO. > Yep, the famous particle inna (in Classical Arabic), which, like its "sisters" (Arabic terminology) must mandatorily be followed by a noun, making sentences that follow it mandatorily SVO. But not only that, but in Classical Arabic where you still mark case, the noun following inna, though a subject, must be in direct case, or accusative :)) . My Reman has a similar structure for its subclauses too: since in Reman the distinction between prepositions and conjunctions has disappeared, conjunctions must be followed by a mandatory noun, which, when it's a personal pronoun, must be in indirect object form. And think that Reman is a Romance language :))) . Christophe. http://rainbow.conlang.free.fr Take your life as a movie: do not let anybody else play the leading role.