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I am not sure whether either of the following sentences (in quotations) are grammatically correct. They both sound awkward to me. Is anyone able to judge whether they are?

"Since the latter is large, so must the former be."

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"Since the latter is large, so must be the former."

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  • After 'must' can you use am, is, are? Now read this sentence without must. Since the latter is large, so is the former. – Grizzly Feb 16 '16 at 2:23
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Maybe it is another example of hyperbaton, like in the discussed sentence one swallow doe not spring make, or an example of inversion with the word " so",I think that this sentence is grammatically correct.

  • Which sentence is grammatically correct? Please explain which is correct based on what reference/research you have to support your answer. One thing for sure is it is not an example of hyperbaton. – user140086 Feb 16 '16 at 6:11
  • The first sentence is correct. The inversion is usual after so, and it is usually constructed in such a way: the first part of the verb, the subject and the remaining part of the verb. – Fatimahon Feb 16 '16 at 10:38
  • You just said this sentence is grammatically correct. Please edit your post with relevant research or reference. – user140086 Feb 16 '16 at 10:40
  • What do you mean by reference ? A particular grammar reference with the name of the author? – Fatimahon Feb 16 '16 at 10:45
  • english.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer – user140086 Feb 16 '16 at 10:47

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