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Dear Director,

what is the meaning of "on went"
in this sentence "On went her old brown hat."
Thank you for your response.


Crawford Kilian

Hi, Taaghol--

Sorry for my slow answer--I've been away on holiday, and I missed your question when I got home.

"On went her old brown hat" is an inverted sentence, with the verb before the subject. We would usually write: "Her old brown hat went on."

I would prefer to write the sentence: "She put on her old brown hat." But that would put attention on the person, not on the action. Instead, the writer of the sentence wanted to emphasize the action, not the person.

Luis Vera Prendes

Is there a difference between "pay attention" and "put attention", or is any of these terms more correct than the other?

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