I have read the following sentence:

Perché è dovuto succedere questo?

Would "Perché questo è dovuto succedere?" be also correct? What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences? Emotional involvement?

  • 1
    Consider also “Perché è dovuto succedere?”, I'd say the most natural phrasing.
    – DaG
    Commented Jan 13, 2020 at 11:13
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    It's a question of emphasis. The verb is intransitive and the subject is frequently postponed.
    – egreg
    Commented Jan 13, 2020 at 15:39

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As a native speaker, I feel that in the first version:

Perché è dovuto succedere questo?

The stress is on asking why that happened in the first place. The thing was not meant to happened at all.

While in:

Perché questo è dovuto succedere?

Is more on what happened. Maybe something different could have happened instead bringing less pain.

That said, I feel is a very slight nuance.

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