# find 3 words A B C such that both A B C and B C A make sense

When I take the three words "boy", "meets" and "girl", the sentence "boy meets girl" is correct, but "meets girl boy" is not.

Could you think of three distinct words for which both expressions are correct and make sense?

Note to the downvoters: sorry if this question bothers you. This is my first one of the site. I first posted it on english.stack-exchange, but someone said it would be a better fit here. I agree that there is certainly many correct answers. I just would like one to illustrate a basic programming exercise (i.e., "rotating" the value of 3 variables).

• I take it the words must be distinct, or else there are various trivial examples, such as "Buffalo buffalo buffalo". Oct 20, 2016 at 15:43
• Yes. I edit my question. Oct 20, 2016 at 15:43
• Are words that form a question allowed?
– user14478
Oct 20, 2016 at 15:51
• Could be made open-ended by changing the challenge to find the longest pair of sentences A B C D ... W and B C D ... W A
– humn
Oct 20, 2016 at 22:49
• @humn Good idea, but in my opinion your exact suggestion would make the challenge easier (cf. Beastly Gerbil general answers). I think one could make the challenge harder in two distinct ways. 1. find the "De Bruijn sentence" of maximal length (ex. ABC, BCA, CAB would be valid sentences of length 3). 2. find two sentences ABC and BCA where each A, B, C have different meaning / grammatical function in their sentence. Oct 21, 2016 at 6:59

The simple solution is to write

For instance

Sometimes people think and People think sometimes

And

Slowly I drive and I drive slowly

Another example

Another solution found by Jonathan Allan is

PRONOUN, PRONOUN, VERB and PRONOUN, VERB, PRONOUN

For instance

Anyone you know and You know anyone

And

Somebody we saw and We saw someone

Once again

Others he met and He met others

There can be words with multiple meanings which will work:

On right side (on the right hand side) and Right side on (the correct side is on)

• @Aristide fixed with some correct example Oct 20, 2016 at 16:13
• Thanks, it's indeed correct now. Sorry if I wait for some more "interesting" examples (see the added "motivation" part in my post). Oct 20, 2016 at 16:15
• @Aristide I'll try and find other methods beside Adverb, pronoun, verb Oct 20, 2016 at 16:17
• @BeastlyGerbil Yes, these are good "general" examples. I'll certainly go with Jonathan Allan's one. But I guess there exist some more playful, non general examples, in which changing the position of the words changes their meaning too... Oct 20, 2016 at 16:52
• @Aristide I actually am looking at multi-defined words write now to see if I can find one like that Oct 20, 2016 at 16:53

Aww sweet:

Someone I love; I love someone

A B C: