It’s been 38 years since the first Star Wars movie came out and the franchise is still going strong. So strong, in fact, that last weekend, Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records.
But, what is it that makes the films so great? The team over at Grammarly started thinking about this, and since they’re a bunch of language lovers and word nerds, they are naturally fascinated and charmed by the grammar of the great Jedi master, Yoda. So, they looked into a few Yodified quotes and the basic elements behind them and came up with a few rules to master Yoda speak.
Yodify the English Language
If to Yodify something you want, follow these main rules you must:
1. Move your modifiers, modifier phrases, and objects in front of your subject-verb phrase.
2. Swap your subject-verb order.
3. Drop the auxiliary “do” when negating most verbs and place the negation after the verb.
4. Do not use contractions.
5. Drop the auxiliary “do” in present tense questions.
Here’s their full Grammar and Style Guide to Yodify Your Language: