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VOS Word Order (Verb-Object-Subject)

VOS is one of the six basic types of word order found in human languages. In most sentences, a speaker of a VOS language will put the verb first, the object second, and the subject last. So while an English speaker would say "Mary likes corn," a VOS language would express the same idea with the equivalent of "Likes corn Mary."

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VOS is a rare word order worldwide. Here is a partial list of Native American languages using VOS word order:

Baure
Chinook
Coos
Kaiwa
Kaqchikel
Kariri
Maya
Otomi
Popoluca
Siuslaw
Terena
Tojolabal
Tzotzil
Xinca

Further Reading

 Wikipedia: Verb-object-subject
 Word Order Typology
 Basic Language Structures



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