find out how wicked is any one

tvigh

New Member
Hungarian
Hello,

In one of the stories of E.A. Poe, he writes:
"When I wish to find out how wise, or how stupid, or how good, or how wicked is any one, or what are his thoughts at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face…"​

I thought the word order in subordinate clauses was conjunction, subject, verb, etc.
Would this sentence be ungrammatical in the following way?
"When I wish to find out how wise, or how stupid, or how good, or how wicked any one is, or what his thoughts are at the moment, I fashion the expression of my face…"
Thank you
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Poe's word order is no longer used. Today we only invert when the phrase at the front is negative ('never has anyone . . .'). Poe was sometimes a little old-fashioned even by the standards of his own time.
     
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