For many languages, the idea that the subject belongs up front is plain backward.
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I see Spot. Subject-verb-object is the default word order for a typical sentence in English. It just makes sense that way. Or does it? Turns out that S-V-O, as linguists call it, is not the way all languages work. In fact, it’s not even the most common. John breaks it down.
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