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Questions tagged [inversion]

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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Stylistic Inversion

This book titled "EcoJustice Education: Toward Diverse, Democratic, and Sustainable Communities" has this sentence: On the positive side of this system is the seemingly infinite variety of produce ...
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inversion: …in regards to why aren't peple reacting

I'd like to know whether the following invesion is grammatical ...in regards to why aren't peple reacting link to video 18:30
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Position of 'was' at the end of a nominal clause

Can somebody help me categorise the meaning/purpose of the following sentence, and explain why the verb 'was' is at the end of what I hope is a nominal clause? I was shocked by how blue the sky was. ...
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A question about the sentence “And boy, have we patented it.”

In 2007, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. During the presentation, he introduced a feature called Multi-touch; he said, "And boy, have we patented it!" What I am wondering about is the ...
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Is a dummy pronoun missing in this sentence? What is this grammatical phenomenon?

This sentence from Walden by Henry David Thoreau strikes me as unusual. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and ...
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''Should you have decided'' Inversion

In an email I received from my university, the following is stated: ''Should you have decided to do the assignment, please send us an email.'' My question is whether the inversion and usage of should ...
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English Subject-auxiliary inversion

In normal declarative English sentences, let's call them 'canonical' sentences, the verb comes after the subject. Bob is walking the Great Wall of China. Bob likes elephants. But in other types of ...
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inversion: From this hardship emerged a country

I'd like to know how to analyze the inversion structure below. Has the prepositional phrase from this hardship exchanged its position with the subject a country that is more capable of coping with ...
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“Is there” or “there is”?

Do I need to use "is there" or "there is" in the following sentence? It is natural to ask under which conditions is there a subtype relation between two given arrow types. If I change "is" to "...
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Grammatical rule used in “change it will” in the following sentence

The sentence is: That's why the future Internet will have to change, and change it will. This looks like a kind of an inverted sentence but I didn't see such a structure before in the ...
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Is the sentence, “What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer,” correct?

Here's the sentence: "What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer." It makes sense, but I don't really know it's it right. I figured that the "hidden within the question, ...
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What construction or classification is “Come what may”

Is this an example of inversion, an idiom, archaic usage, or just incorrect?
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Is “Have you some water?” a grammatically correct sentence? [duplicate]

I believe it same as saying "Do you have some water?" Is it?
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How do you use “which” when asking a question

I am wondering how to state this question and do not know which one is correct so is #1 correct or #2 correct or are they both grammatically fine? Ferrous metals contain which element? Which element ...
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What is the structure in the sentence: “The reason scientists believe that…”

I have this sentence from one of my IELTS books: One of the reasons scientists think that there is a link between stress and cancer is the idea that there may be a cancer-prone personality At ...
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Can subject–auxiliary inversion in conditionals be used with non-auxiliary (arbitrary) verbs?

Can I say something like Come you there, I'll get you. ? Or should I only say something like Should you come there, I'll get you. ? I understand that it looks like I must use an auxiliary ...
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“I wonder, if I pushed the top of her head, would aerosol spray out of her mouth.”

In Kathryn Stockett's The Help one of the main characters Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan speculates about mate's hair: I wonder, if I pushed the top of her head, would aerosol spray out of her mouth. ...
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About inversion in a title [closed]

Usually we would say 'the making of XXX' to describe the production process of something. Like, the making of a car...etc. But I just heard somebody said 'XXX making of' as an activity title. The ...
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Can we have inversion with temporal expressions?

Is it correct to say: "On Friday is a concert at Trafalgar Square." or do we have to say: "On Friday there is a concert at Trafalgar Square." I know that inversion can occur with locative ...
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“more so than is the case”

Before my question, let me show you its context: A restaurant is a destination in itself as a place to eat, rather than (as with an inn) a place of local gathering or traveler's shelter that ...
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What is the predicate in “Is he happy?”

In most theories of grammar, sentences can be broken into smaller chunks called phrases and these phrases can be broken into smaller chunks, smaller phrases still. So in the sentence: He is happy. ...
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What is the VP in a subject-dependent inversion?

A canonical declarative clause consists of a subject and a predicate, the former normally being a noun phrase (NP) and the latter mostly a verb phrase (VP). Therefore, a canonical declarative clause ...
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Verb before subject

Is it possible to put a verb before the subject in an ordinary sentence, one that doesn't require inversion? For example: "On the armchair, like a huge petal, withers a bright-red kerchief." Note ...
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Only through Christ are we saved? [duplicate]

I know this is biblical, my question is whether this is correct or not. Can it be used in modern day? Example : Much like our lives, only by dedicating undivided attention to our people can we teach .....
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Usage of “Can” as a sentence [duplicate]

I have seen the following paragraph in a sample IELTS writing test but don't understand its grammatical structure. Why is it in question format but affirmative? To conclude, some say that we can ...
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How would I not know anything

I am not able to frame a question, but here is the situation: in your family your father is doubting your knowledge and he is asking you very simple questions. I want to reply him by saying why ...
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“Sitting with Mike is/are the parents of the boy who died”

For the sentence: Sitting with Mike is the parents of the boy who died. Should it be is or are? My instinct says it should be Sitting with Mike are the parents of the boy who died. But ...
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Inversion when using “not only ~ but also.”

Is the following sentence correct? Not only can the coverage be easily increased, but the topology can also be more robust.
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“Here comes the Queen” versus “Here the Queen comes” [duplicate]

What's the correct one of the following sentences? Here they come. or Here come they. Consider for example: Here comes the sun. This is the title of a famous Beatles song....
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Conditional clause

Yo, is this sentence correct? It's hard to find a guide that speaks directly to this use of the subjunctive: I realized that this issue needed more active contemplation, were I to find any closure. ...
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so ~ that ~ structure vs. inversion of sentence

My colleagues (who are teachers) are divided about the exact structure and meaning of the bolded sentence in the following sentence: Improvements in diet, hygiene and medical science have led to ...
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Inversion should happen only once or multiple times in a single sentence?

In a longer, complicated sentence where one repeats the subject, verb and object, does one invert only the first svo or all of them to create a question? Or maybe both cases are correct with a ...
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What's the inverted form of 'If we had LeBron on our team too, we would’ve won'? [closed]

I have a question regarding a sentence, which goes: If we had LeBron on our team too, we would’ve won. Context: Reporter: “Coach said that, maybe if you guys had a little more time things ...
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Inversion of word order in a clause beginning with “hardly”

I wrote a sentence: 1." True, a pretty simple model was used, one involving 300 neurons of a creature that hardly anyone would like to have as a pet - a worm, for goodness sake! Then I re-wrote it: ...
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Inversion with two clauses?

a) Only after I had explained everything, did he stop blaming and did she stop crying. b) Only after I had explained everything, did he stop blaming and she stop crying. c) Only after I had explained ...
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How to use an inversion

The following passage comes from a Washington Post article: It was a moment eight months in the making: "Melania Trump bounding down the White House lawn to the vegetable garden made famous by her ...
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Cannot find a subject in the sentence of a TOEFL article

I am working on TOEFL and currently stuck on the text below. These include the chaotic fluctuations of the atmosphere, the slower but equally erratic behavior of the oceans, changes in the land ...
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Double Negative

Can I use negative phrase using "not only ... but also" conjunction? For example: 'Not only can I not read, but also not write.' Is there double negative trouble in the sentence? Although I know ...
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Is inversion correct after “I asked how old…”? [duplicate]

Being curious about the tractor, I asked how old is that tractor? Being curious about the tractor, I asked how old that tractor is? The grammar checker ...
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Why is inversion used in “The bigger the European Union gets, the more inevitable WILL BE DIFFERENCES between the member countries”?

I saw this sentence in the Cambridge English Advanced Grammar in Use book for teaching grammar: The bigger the European Union gets, the more inevitable will be differences between the member ...
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How to explain this sentence:“The summer of 2012 was the warmest in 170 years, records show.” [closed]

The summer of 2012 was the warmest in 170 years, records show. I encountered this sentence in a passage from the SAT Practice Test #1, being totally confused. Are there inversion and omission in this ...
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Negative Inversions

I am familiar with inversions, but I'm not sure about the following inversions. Would anyone say the ones in bold - or start a sentence that way? Not entirely am I not convinced… Not entirely am I ...
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Not till (sentence) + do ( sentence) [duplicate]

Can someone explain the structure of the following sentence? Not till he got home did he realise that he had lost his mobile. Why we are doing inversion here ?
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“Not sure what the contact’s full name is?” vs. “Not sure what is the contact’s full name" [duplicate]

In an application I am writing, I require the user to state a contact's full name. I have a disagreement with my marketing director regarding the correct wording for when the user doesn't know the ...
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Which is correct, “why should people be aware of…” or “why people should be aware of…”? [closed]

I just want to know which one is correct. I have asked the same question to someone and she said that the latter is more acceptable but the first one's not wrong but can be changed for it to be "...
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Is it possible to say “The larger the area of forest is destroyed, the more frequent are natural disasters”? [closed]

For the sake of emphasis, is it possible to write: "The larger the area of forest is destroyed, the more frequent are natural disasters"?
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Is “What courses is everyone taking?” grammatical?

A friend and I are having an argument over which of the following is correct: What courses is everyone taking? What courses are everyone taking? I say the first is grammatical, because in the ...
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What's the difference between “(Had he not made / If he didn't make) a good impression, he wouldn't be a star today”?

How should I complete this sentence? (Only with the options given) He wouldn't be the star he is today ________ a good impression in his early life A. Had he not made B. If he didn't make ...
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Inversion in affirmative sentences with a complex subject

I just wrote to somebody almost these exact words: "I cannot remember when was the last time I felt like this before" and then it hit me I made a boo-boo as the sentence is affirmative, so I should ...
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Inversion after “only now”

I was wondering if the following sentence was grammatically correct: "Only now am I sure who is my real friend." I found it in my grammar book and I am confused. Thanks in advance :)