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What topicalizing role does “do” play in “Only now do we have what we need to move forward”?

In the sentence "Only now do we have what we need to move forward", the word do clearly has some emphasizing meaning. But I would like a more precise understanding. Topicalization and fronting are ...
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question about inverting adjectives(fronting)

Can the sentence 'Fast and convenient are the laundry rooms on the second floor' also be used as 'Fast and convenient the laundry rooms are on the second floor'? I wanted to ask if this sentence ...
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Fronting correct use

I have this phrase (created myself) He was entering into the office slowly / Slowly, he was entering into the office. (there shouldn't be difference I suppose) Now, the rules say that if I have ...
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Fronting mid sentence?

He sensed that his life was in danger, and so overhanging his mind, always was the dreadful notion that he may meet his end very soon. In the bolded part of the above example, is fronting used ...
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Inversion or fronting with “so”

Sentences such as: So says the preacher. So began the fight. Are they an example of inversion? I searched around, but all I could find was that the inversions with so can happen with only ...
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Preposing construction: “This I know” [closed]

"This I know today, but back then..." What does this word order show? What's the rule?
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“Here he comes”, “Here comes he” : The order of pronoun and verb in inversion

It's very common to say: "Here he comes." "Here comes the man." But what about: "Here comes he." "Here the man comes." Is there a rule about the order of noun and verb in ...
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Use of Inversion : Adverbial phrase

I'm from Korea, a non-English speaking country. I recently had my mid-term on English. In the test, there was a question asking us to put words in order and make them into a full sentence. The ...
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Shifting position of a noun clause within a sentence

I came across the following odd-sounding sentence while reading The Time Machine by H. G. Wells: But how the trick was done he could not explain. In this sentence, the clause 'how the trick ...
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“Wrote it I did” Is this grammatical?

Are the following two examples grammatical? Write it I have. Wrote it I did. Consider as possible contexts: They said that I have to write it, and write it I have. -- (for #1) They said ...
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What term can be used to describe Yoda's speech?

What is Yoda's speech called? Is there a particular name for it (such as "dangling...")?