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Why is it SOV (and not SVO) in 我可以跟她约会?

Chinese is supposed to be (Subject-Verb-Object) SVO right? (as I learnt, of course) then why in this sentence 我可以跟她约会 does 约会 mean "to date"? It's a verb I presume, why is it (Subject-Object-Verb)...
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Word order in “出去了几个人。”

“出去了几个人。”这句话是从汉语规范词典: 出去 chūqù 动 从里面到外面, 离开说话人所在的位置 出去买菜 | 他出去了 | 出去了几个人。 注意 “去”口语中有时读轻声。 但是对我来说不太清楚。“出去了几个人。”跟“几个人出去了。”,意思一样吗? I think “几个人出去了。” could be translated by “a few ...