Transposed Object as Sentence Topic

Object often comes after the verb. However, in Chinese objects can be moved to the beginning of a sentence where it becomes the topic. This is done in order to keep balance of the sentence or to put an emphasis.

Object S V / VP
zhèɡe zì búhuì xiě.
这个字 不 会 写。

I am unable to write this character.

wǎnfàn bù xiǎnɡ chī le.
晚饭 不 想 吃 了。

I don’t want to eat supper.

nàɡè yīnɡɡuórén rènshi mɑ?
那个 英国人 认识 吗?

Do you know that British man?

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