But me, he was glad to see

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Ptak

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Rußland
"He didn't even greet you! But me, he was glad to see."

Is this word order possible? If I want to stress "me".
Thanks.
 
  • dwipper

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    U.S. English
    Yes, that construction is perfectly acceptable and common way to emphasize the object. You may want to avoid it in formal writing, but even there I don't think many people would take issue with it.
     

    Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    "He didn't even greet you! But me, he was glad to see."

    Is this word order possible? If I want to stress "me".
    Yes, putting words out of their usual order for emphasis as you have done is a recognized rhetorical device called hyperbaton. It is perfectly suitable for formal writing, but is also used colloquially, as you have done.

    This thread has a discussion of the use of hyperbaton in English, with examples. One of them is very like yours.
     
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