Stage 2. New

The New or new information is positioned in all or part of the sentence which follows the Theme.

  • If the only words following the Theme are the finite verb or verb group, the New must be information in this verb.
THEME NEW (Verb only)
e.g. Early humans all over the world painted.
have always painted.
  • If there is information in word groups following the finite verb, the New may be in all or part of this information.
THEME NEW (Verb plus information after verb)

Early humans all over the world

painted with ochre.
painted pictures with ochre.
painted pictures with ochre on cave walls.
painted scenes of every day life on cave walls.

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