I’m studying with the Genki books and came across something curious.
I have this same sentence written in two different ways:
“Mary waited for takeshi for an hour”
1-. メアリーさんはたけしさんを一時間待ちました (Appears like this in the Grammar explanation section)
2-. メアリーさんは一時間たけしさんを待ちました (Appears like this for an exercise on the Answer key)
In a previous chapter Genki mentions that word order in japanese is flexible, but for this specific case (～時間) It doesn’t say where it should be placed.
Also, Genki presents a typical word order that goes like this:
Topic, time, place, object, verb.
So by this i would guess that ～時間 as it specifies time, should be placed after the topic like in number 2 mentioned above. But then again, i understand this might be flexible.
What do you think? Where would you place ～時間 ? Is it the same?