Questions about reversing the order of a clause’s subject and verb, including subject–auxiliary inversion in questions and normal subject–verb swap in locative, directive, copular, and quotative inversions.

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Inversion or no inversion after “only”?

Only now you can even get them on top of wrinkles. Only infrequently does it happen. As one of our members has said, inversion happens when a sentence starts with "only" and never otherwise. So ...
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Are these claims of Sheldon's valid?

In episode s08e16 (The Intimacy Acceleration) of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon made these statements: Look, you may not be as academically inclined as are we. Yes, that’s how you say it. Penny:...
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Does an inverted protasis mean just plain “if”, or does it mean “even if”?

When the first part of a conditional’s if-clause is inverted and the if consequently dropped, is the missing if just a plain old “simple if”, or is it more of an “even if”? For example, in this ...
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3rd conditional + inversion

So I know that the following sentence is correct: "Had I known about that, I wouldn't have talked to her." However is this one correct too? "I wouldn't have talked to her had I known about that." ...
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Is this a correct way to use hyperbaton?

Soon this man found himself in the clutches of an evil witch. Mean, full of hatred hell-bent she was on finding and killing him no matter the cost. Does the latter part of the sentence above make ...
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See? How fun this game is!

I'm not a native speaker, and I need help with the proper usage of exclamatives in some contexts. [Context1: John is playing a video game alone, and is enjoying it. He utters:] 1. How fun this game ...
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Is it always possible to inverse the subject and the verb?

I am wondering whether we can invert the subject and the verb in english. Ex (illustrative only): A car is provided to the players. The keys must be retrieved at the office. would become ...
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Something/Someone is (not) there

My (Italian) students tend to produce sentences like: When I arrived, there weren't my parents (as opposed to 'my parents were not there') I cannot think of a grammar rule to provide an explanation. ...
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Can I use inversion in this sentence “Behind the difficulty in juggling between responsibilities at home and at work are there several causes”?

I don't know whether I use inversion correctly in the following sentence "Behind the difficulty in juggling between responsibilities at home and at work are there several causes". Can you help me with ...
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“Only until” requires subject inversion?

Is this sentence correct? It also may explain why only until the economics was relaxed after a difficult period, the policies to solve EVD crisis could attempt to get openly involved in the response ...
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If we need to change word order in embedded (indirect) questions, why don't these change word order?

If we need to use different word order in direct and indirect questions (example: Are they planning to marry? / Do you know if they are planning to get married?), why do these embedded questions use ...
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Is this an another case of inversion or peculiar word order? Is it grammatical?

I have encountered in several instances, especially in some books where there are colloquial dialogues being used, that there are quite a few sentences that I would say sound rather peculiar owing to ...
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What is the rule for using inversion with “as”?

As far as I know, we can use either inversion or normal sentence order with "as" when we are talking about things or people in the "as clause" that are different from those we are mentioning in the ...