The important things, though, Judge Condon accomplished.

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HSS

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
The important things, though, Judge Condon accomplished --- is this sentence an inverted structure of 'Judge Condon accomplished the important things, though'?

Did his son think Judge Condon had any regrets? "It's hard to say. I guess, to some degree, everyone does. There are things I think he would have liked to get around to. He wanted to write a novel, but never did."
The important things, though, Judge Condon accomplished.
Maybe that was what was so heartening about the editorial his hometown paper published on the occasion of his death. It was a signal of what truly matters in this world of ours.
('Chevrolet, Summers, Dairy Queen Nights' by Bob Greene)
 
  • wandle

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    English - British
    The important things, though, Judge Condon accomplished --- is this sentence an inverted structure of 'Judge Condon accomplished the important things, though'?
    Yes. 'Though' expresses the apparent conflict between the two ideas (that he did the important things; that he did not write a novel).
    One implies action, the other implies inaction; the word 'though' lets us understand that they are both true at the same time.

    One reason for the inversion is that it would be awkward, that is bad style, to put 'though' at the end of the sentence.
    Another reason for the inversion is to put emphasis on 'the important things'.
     
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