Definitions

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  • adj. of a language, employing a system of syntax where the subject of a sentence precedes the verb, which is followed by the object.

Etymologies

Initialism of “subject-verb-object”. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though it will be a little more comprehensible if you know that "SVO" is linguisticians 'jargon for "subject-verb-object."

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  • * Use the oil just as it is – usually called SVO fuel straight vegetable oil;

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  • A curious blend of consumers -- from clean-air activists to school districts to the U.S. military (PDF) -- are now running their diesel engines off either straight vegetable oil, known as SVO, or vegetable oil that has been converted to diesel fuel, or biodiesel.

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  • The most common are SVO (English), SOV (Japanese), VSO (Classical Arabic).

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • Both languages employ SOV in subordinate clauses and SVO in main clauses, although other main-clause word orders are possible under special circumstances.

    Etruscan syntactic inversion

  • Both are subject-prominent languages and have word orders that are relatively fixed as SVO subject-verb-object.

    French English Translation: the Clash of Roots and Grooves « Articles « Literacy News

  • Out on separate branches of the Indo-European tree, both French and English have become relatively strict, subject-prominent SVO languages that no longer inflect as much as Old Germanic or Classical Latin did.

    French English Translation: the Clash of Roots and Grooves « Articles « Literacy News

  • Subject-first languages (SOV and SVO) predominate (presumably because of x-bar theory), while object-first languages (OSV and OVS) are exceeding rare.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • But the presence of postpositions as well as prepositions in German — for example: Der Sage nach ging Karl der Große dieses Flußes entlang verbatim gloss: Legend according to walked Charlemagne this river along — suggests the degree to which that language shifts fluidly between SVO and SOV syntax.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Yoda's second set of sentences suggests that he is doing something else: "using SVO or SVX but favoring, almost to excess, certain special constructions that English allows only as stylistic variations in special discourse contexts."

    Archive 2008-02-01

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