Typically, English clauses use the structure (subject) + (verb) + (object/complement). For example:
・He is excited to be here.
One way we can show emphasis when we speak is by putting more stress on a word or part of a sentence. Another way we can show emphasis is by moving a word or words toward the front of a clause. This is called “fronting” and it can be done to almost any part of a clause.
Compare the sentences below. The first sentence is normally how we would speak or write. In the second sentence, the underlined part is emphasized by being moved toward the front of the clause.
・On page 5, you will see a list of the ingredients.
・Sometimes he isn’t very talkative, but shy he is not.
・Slowly turn the dial to the left.
In the examples above, only the underlined word or words were moved to the front of the clause. All of the other words in the sentence were in the same order. However, when we front negative or limiting adverbials, we need to reverse the order of the subject and the auxiliary verb. Here are some examples.