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What are some features for a four-minute presentation on syntax? It should be an over-all summary of syntax.

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Syntax (from the Greek – “to arrange together”) is a general word for the arrangement of objects or ideas or processes with some end result in mind.  In linguistics, it carries two meanings:  the formal “correct” order of sentence (or clause) elements in an agreed-upon language code; for example, in English, the adjective comes before the noun it modifies, while in French, the modifier follow the noun: red wine—vin rose.  In declarative sentences, subjects come before predicates (in English), but in interrogative sentences, the syntax is reversed.  The “correct” syntax of the elements avoids ambiguity and fulfills the...

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