# Can the object of a transitive verb come before?

## For example: She knocked on the farmhouse door.

Jul 9, 2016

While it is very uncommon, there are a few examples when the object can come before the verb.

#### Explanation:

As noted above, the object of a transitive verb almost always comes after the verb; but here are a few couple counter examples:

($\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{transitive verb}}$ in blue; $\textcolor{red}{\text{object}}$ in red).

"$\textcolor{red}{\text{Hello}}$", he $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{said}}$.

$\textcolor{red}{\text{The pigs}}$, I $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{put}}$ in their pen; $\textcolor{red}{\text{the horse}}$, I $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{loosed}}$ to the meadow; and, $\textcolor{red}{\text{the children}}$, I $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{tucked}}$ into bed.