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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Inversion with adverbials: when do I need the auxiliary?

I'd like to know why some inversions need an auxiliary and others don't need one. For example: "Little did I know about her" auxiliary + subject + verb Why not "Little knew I about her", which is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Unsure if my inverse order compound sentence makes is correct

I am working on a college essay and I have one sentence that may have a grammar issue. I was successful in my goals for the program, but even more so was the program successful in its goals for ...
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All questions possible for “Not only, but also”

Here is the problem. I want to say: The university is going to do something. In the woman's mind, it is a great decision. And the woman thinks it is practical too. I want to use the "Not only ...
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Tell me, where did she go? (How to explain inversion here?)

As I know, we can ask the same question by imperative the next two ways: 1. Tell me where she went. 2. Tell me, where did she go? My thoughts: In this meaning "tell" requires a direct object ...
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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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Inversion with of?

Could the prepositional verb "of" be used with inversion? As so: " Of the apple there was nothing left, for the worm had found it's way inside and it could only be thrown away." Is the emboldened ...
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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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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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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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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 Is ...