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Novico Dektri, 2006年7月16日

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Novico Dektri (显示个人资料) 2006年7月16日下午2:10:07

In a lot of Esperanto movies/documents, I've heard the descriptive word go after the noun, like "homoj diversaj", but I've also seen "diversaj homoj".

So which is it?

taneli (显示个人资料) 2006年7月16日下午2:58:48

Both "diversaj homoj" and "homoj diversaj" are correct, but the former is more common.

Esben87 (显示个人资料) 2006年7月26日上午12:41:13

waxle:Here's one of the great things of Esperanto!

Because of the grammar coding, outside of prepositional phrases, the word order doesn't matter!

One could even say (though it would be terribly awkward and difficult) "La novaj hundojn sxatas homoj amuzajn." (the diverse people like funny dogs). Technically, because of the grammar coding, this is proper gramatically, but it would be terribly difficult to understand. (unless I'm wrong here, in which case somebody negate what I am saying, please!)
Allowed: Yep, it is.
Difficult to understand: No.
Extremely difficult to understand: Yep! If not impossible.
A great thing: Yes indeed! However, this particular case is a bit crazy...

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