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Anastrophe exists in Japanese: Usual order: 前の彼女が放火、殺人、信号無視の罪で終身刑になったと知って安心した。 Anastrophe: 前の彼女が終身刑になったと知って安心した。放火、殺人、信号無視の罪で。 (Note about the word 終身刑: Strictly speaking, 終身刑 means life imprisonment without parole, and the usual life imprisonment with a possibility of parole is technically called 無期刑. However, in nontechnical context, 終身刑 often ...


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Japanese does have cleft (and pseudo-cleft) constructions that you mention. 元彼/彼女が放火、殺人に加えて信号無視で終身刑になったと知って安堵した。(Underlying) 元彼/彼女が終身刑になった理由が放火、殺人に加えて信号無視だったと知って安堵した。(Embedded cleft) 私が(それを)知ることで安堵したのは、元彼/彼女が終身刑になった理由が放火、殺人に加えて信号無視だったことだ。(Matrix cleft) But with these orders, it still does not sound funny to most Japanese. They just ...


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If you are looking for a structured approach to become familiar with different writing styles, common ways of constructing/planning essays, technical writing, newspapers, novels etc then I would suggest working your way through some 読解 text books for the JLPT. The written section which makes up 1/3 of marks but takes up 1/2 the time is a series of ...



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