Word Order

English is generally considered to be a language with a relatively fixed word order. In practice, this means that the positions of the subject S, the main verb V, and the object O are fixed in relation to each other. In normal statements, which form the bulk of technical and scientific writing, these items occur regularly in the order S-V-O.

subject (S)

verb (V)

object (O)

Many flexible objects and structures

undergo

large deformations.

The problem in technical and scientific writing is that parts of a sentence, particularly the subject, can become too long and complex, and therefore the basic structure may not be always clear.

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