I am sorry I did not come back sooner, I was getting no e-mail notifications that the conversation was continuing, plus I was taking the time to find all of my skype partners and run it by them, being totally neutral about it, not asking if it was right or wrong, just actually working it into the conversation, and every single one of them corrected me.
First, I am so glad you got the full e-mail, I was so irritated that my post had been cut off, argh.
Anyway, I was heading back here with that report, and am only now reading you and Dan mulling it over two weeks ago, and now I want to try it out on my partners as a question....this would be interesting.
Also, just for the sake of offering more information, and since you were curious about how this word order would vary between countries, my partners are from:
Buenos Aires, Arg.
So, while not a huge swath of Spanish speaking areas, I think it is a decent enough variation to try the sentence out, and when I said it...... Yikes!
I was immediately corrected by every single person. (I did not want to tell them I was running a test, so I had to suffer through feeling like a dummy, lol)
Although, He-fay - you saying "when someone shows a foto that has him or herself in it, the statement is always "Soy yo." " - that, to me, makes a lot of sense insofar as emphasis.
So, I back off on my extremely strong opinion that it is 100% wrong.....It looks like it is correct in the "book learning" side of Spanish, but doesn't really translate into the "conversation learning" side of Spanish, maybe? What do you guys think?
Like I said, I will test it out in question form, and see what kind of response I get.
However, I will have to confess to my buddies that I am using them as guinea pigs, I don't want to suffer through being an idiot again, hahaha
Thank you both for your input, I really, really appreciate it. And thanks for the links, too. Any and all help and information when I stumble across something confusing....I am beyond thankful for it, even if my original statement is proven wrong.
I am here to learn, not to be "right." :D
Oh, and P.S.
My Old English comparison was a bit of a joke - I knew I was exaggerating, but I could not think of a good comparison so I went 'Saturday Night Live' with it.