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Old May 27, 2009, 08:49 AM
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Question Working on Syntax

I was going to call this post "Intransitive Verbs followed by 'determinerless' noun phrases". But I figured that title might be a bit too cumbersome. LOL!!

Anyway, yesterday I was reading the following thread about syntax: - and realized that understanding a little more about syntax would be helpful to me. So I googled it and found a website that has some helpful and concise information about syntax:

In one of the sections, it says that if you have a subject noun without a determiner (el, la, un, una, etc.), it almost always comes after the verb. One of the examples they give is: "Viven lobos en aquellas montañas." This seems like such a simple fact, and it is obviously something that had escaped me previously. (Which is why I am thinking that I need to take a CLASS in español to make my approach to learning a bit more systematic.)

So would the following sentences be correct?
- Escribo Bob en los foros de español. (Is this really better than "Bob escribo en los foros de español."? Or would it still be "Bob escribo..." because it could otherwise be "El hombre escribo..."?)
- Vienen estudiantes a mi sala de clase para aprender matemáticas.
- Duermen tigres en el zoo durante los horas inconvenientes por las turistas.
- Nadan niños en la piscina en mi barrio.

If my sentences aren't correct (I suspect that they aren't), can you give me some more examples? I have had a difficult time coming up with some that (1) use subject nouns without determiners and (2) do NOT use "ser" or "estar" or some other obviously connecting verb.

- Lou Ann, de Washington, DC, USA
Específicamente quiero recibir ayuda con el español de latinoamerica. ¡Muchísimas gracias!
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