Figures of construction

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This article is part of the Figures of Speech course. You may choose to follow it in a structured way, or read each item separately.

Figures of Construction is a term used in this Guide to help clarify Figures of Speech. You will not find it is a common term in discussing this field. It is used to refer to a group of Figures that are in neither of the most widely discussed groups, that is the Figures of comparison and the Figures of sound patterning which are listed elsewhere.

Figures of Construction is mostly about the patterns in the orders of words that are not the 'natural' usual patterns of English. In some way, they draw attention to themselves. The traditional term for this is hyperbaton. The word hyperbaton is not common, even in academic English.