I heard from him some news.

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Chigch

Senior Member
Mongolian
Hello,

I need a context for the following sentence, where 'from him' has been preposed across 'some news'.

1. I heard from him some news.

The version where there is no preposing like the following is surely most natural.

2. I heard some news from him.

I just want to make sure whether word order like sentence 1 is acceptable in Modern English, if provided a appropriate context.

I appreciate any comments.
 
  • Keith Bradford

    Senior Member
    English (Midlands UK)
    It depends on relative length of phrases.

    If the sentence stops there, I heard some news from him is better. However, if the sentence continues, you might need to rephrase; for instance I heard from him some news concerning the missing parcel that I told you about. :tick:
     

    Chigch

    Senior Member
    Mongolian
    Thanks, Keith.

    Could you give a context where 'I heard from him some news' is acceptable? The object here contains no more than two words.
     
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