"Where does he eat?"
Translation:Где он ест?
Мы все обедаем в столовой, а где ест ОН? (with intonationally stressed "он") - We all have lunch in the dining-room and where does he eat?
If there is any controposition (? I'm not sure about the correct translation of "противопоставление") it sounds quite natural :)
Nevertheless "Где он ест?" is the word order for the most neutral case :)
Спасибо. :-) Your example makes sense, and is sort of what I was thinking of.
Противопоставление is translated by Google as "contradistinction". I admit I've never heard "contradistinction" before, but it's not surprising that it exists. "Contraposition" also exists but it seems to be a highly specialized term (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contraposition). Perhaps "contrast" is the simplest translation.
I can't think of any situation where this order would work. To copy my comment from elsewhere...
For a given sentence, you can usually find the most neutral word order. Some phrases sound odd no matter how you arrange the words, sometimes there is more than one option.
If you deviate from the “default” word order that the listener expects, you create tension that can be used to emphasise some parts of the sentense. However, if used without proper justification, it just sounds odd / funny / ungrammatical / nonsensical.
Generally, the more you alter the word order, the more specific your context has to be.
you say it as if you are answering your question, i think. for example, if you were to say "where does he eat?" you would say eat in the same way as if you were to say "he eats here". it has to do with gender more than the specific place in a sentence. Hopefully that helped a bit
- Он здесь ест.
Usually the question word stands first just as in English :)
By the way, the answer to the question "Где он ест?" is "Он ест здесь." "Он здесь ест" looks more like an answer to the question "Что он здесь делает?" (What does he do here?)
Or it should be an intonational stress on the word "здесь":
- Где он ест?
- Да ЗДЕСЬ он ест! (Отстаньте уже) :)