Feanor wrote:Would it be correct to say "Kees loopt door snel"?
No, you can't say it like that.
If you have a compound verb such as doorlopen, with a separable prefix (door
, in this case), the prefix normally comes almost at the and of the sentence. In the 'default' word order, the only thing that can come after it are the so called 'other verbs': all verbs except the finite verb (if there are any, of course).
If doorlopen is the only verb in the sentence, this makes door
the last word of the sentence:
Kees loopt snel door.
But you can add some other verbs to see what I mean:
Kees zal altijd door blijven lopen.
(means something like: Kees will always keep walking on)
There are only verbs after door
As I said, this is a kind of default word order. Some variations are possible, in particular, it is possible to take one part of the sentence out and place it at the very beginning or at the very end of the sentence. This usually gives this part extra stress.
There is one part of the sentence that extremely likes to be at the very end of the sentence (i.e. after the prefix and/or all verbs) and that is the so called prepositional object. This is, as the name already tells us, a part of the sentence that starts with a preposition.
Going back to your previous example:
Hij glijdt op het ijs uit
is not wrong; it actually is formed according to the standard way of making a sentence. But Hij glijdt uit op het ij
s, sounds better, because the part op het ijs
, starting with the preposition op
likes to be at the end of the sentence.
There is a lot of information about word order in the grammar pages of this website.
At this page
, and the following pages, you can read more about the prefix of a separable verb.
, you can read about deviations from the standard word order.