Questions tagged [subject-verb-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 without auxiliary verb?

It's pretty normal when people use inversion in a sentence like this one (with the aux verb at the front): "In no way do I agree with what you're saying." But I'm not sure if these belong to ...
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Inversion is not used after “not far/long”

Page 271 of Practical English Usage reads Inversion is not used after "not far/long" so we say Not far from here you can see foxes, or Not long after that she got married Why don't these ...
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Sentence order of “The World forgetting …” [closed]

From the Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope is the line "The world forgetting, by the world forgot" I know the intended meaning of the line, so I didn't post on Literature StackExchange. I ...
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Color and inverted sentence?

One of my colleagues asked me the other day why can we say both the following? Red is my favorite color. My favorite color is red. Yet, we cannot say Red is his house. when his house is red. What ...
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what does X mean vs what does it mean X

Once upon I time I asked the following question during a class for the CAE certification: What does it mean to [verb and something else]? and I was told that that's not English, as I should say ...
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Why is “did” before the subject to show emphasis?

I read a passage and there is one sentence I don't know the usage of it. The sentence is “And did this young woman have a long memory.” I know ‘did’ is for emphatic use, but why it can be put ...
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The reason for inversion after “than” in context

Why, then, do many Europeans call New York their favorite city? They take more readily than do most Americans to its cosmopolitan, its surviving, aloof, European standards, its alien mixture. ...
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Why we need inversion when a clause starts with a negative adverb?

Why is inversion needed when a clause starts with a negtive adverb? When a clause starts with neither, nor, never, we need inversion. Examples Never will you go to school. Nor will I do that. ...
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Inversion + continuous tense

How can I write the inverted sentence included continuous tense? For example, (A) On the hill were training many people. (B) On the hill were many people training. Can I write the sentence both way?
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Should danger approach [duplicate]

Should danger approach either its nest or the crocodile nest, the bird would emit warning cries. A. What is the grammatical name for this expression? B. What is its function?
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Inverted Conditional for Passive sentences

I was wondering what would the inverted version of a passive conditional sentence like the following ones be. If he were told to do so, he would tell me. If my car were stolen, I wouldn't report it. ...
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Can I make an inverted sentence from the following original one?

Here is the original sentence: So, I decided to walk only at night until I was far from the town. A teacher said this sentence can be changed into the following one : Only at night, did I dicide to ...
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Can a verb come after a conjunction

Can a verb come after a conjunction taking example of this sentence: Please Forward This Code And Notify Website Developer To Paste It Before </head> Tag And Make Please Get It Upload The ...
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Transformation of sentence beginning with As soon as into sentence beginning with Hardly…when

Consider this sentence: As soon as we reached the station, the train left. Now if I transform this into a sentence beginning with Hardly, then which of the following sentences is correct and why? ...
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“the” with subjects in subject-verb inversion

Explanation of what subjects we can use in subject-verb inversion: From an answer to “Here he comes”, “Here comes he” : The order of pronoun and verb in inversion: 1. On the corner is a cafe. – ...
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Many's the hour - inversion [closed]

Is it correct to say "Many's the hour have I spent listening to his fatuous ideas"? I'm not quite sure if inversion is possible with "many's the..." My gut feeling says "why not?!", but my left ...
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“Not only has he got many friends, but also several enemies.” “Not only he has many friends, but also several enemies.” [duplicate]

"Not only has he got many friends, but also several enemies." "Not only he has many friends, but also several enemies." Which out of the two statements above is correct?
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Inverted sentence + parallel structure

"Only through accurately understanding our feelings can we learn to free ourselves from negative emotions, which provides more creative energy, as well as the opportunity for limitless personal growth,...
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Why you're laughing vs Why are you laughing? [closed]

Recently I was talking to my friend in English. He started laughing and I asked him Why you're laughing man? Someone told me you should say Why are you laughing? and this one is totally wrong. I got ...
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What is wrong with the sentence “There put a student an amazing answer to the test”? [closed]

Why is this sentence ungrammatical? There put a student an amazing answer to the test.
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Subject–verb inversion in a conditional’s protasis: does that mean it happened or not?

Does Had there been no support from others, I would not have asked him for help. mean the speaker did ask for help or that they did not do so?
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Can had inversion occur in past tense, not past perfect?

If the man had his life partner, he would be very happy. Had the man his life partner, he would be very happy. Is this inversion valid? I have learned that Had inversion only occurs in past perfect ...
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Make a guess about historic events

I am wondering what's the right structure to make a speculation about a past event. I have a GRE writing in which I've put forth a few speculations which could weaken the argument. I've tried to use a ...
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“Against whom” vs “Whom against”

Against whom are you playing? Whom against are you playing? (Some better way to say this) Can anyone explain which sentence is the exactly correct one, or provide one that is? Does the order of the ...
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Which “not” is not in the proper place: “Not only does (not) she (not) know, but also …” [closed]

I know that whenever we bring "not only" at the beginning of a sentence, what comes after it has to be in question form. Now, I'm having a problem with the negative form of this question. Which one ...
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How does the “reverse syntax” in Middle English work?

I was reading the Romance of Tristan and I came across the passage: "Therefore did Tristan claim justice and the right of battle and therefore was he careful to fail in nothing of the homage he owed ...
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Interchanging “if” and “then”

AFAIK, normally one would write: "If c is zero and b nonzero or b2=4 a c, then and only then there exists a unique solution of 0=a+bx+cx2." Is it possible to interchange the if and the ...
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When “be it” is at the beginning of a sentence, what kind of structure do you call it?

I think it is kind of inversion and I'd found some info on Wikipedia, but I cannot recall what term this structure is, I even remember some examples from Wiki, say, "be it ever so humble, there's no ...
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If only had I known it! / If only I had known it!

Could you help me, please? A question for the native speakers (desired) of British English or American English. Which variant is correct and why? Or it's possible to use either of them)? If only ...
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Should “is…” be always considered as question sentence?

Should this always be considered as a question? or there is exception? In figure A: is the frame bigger then in the figure B.
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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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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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Subject in “Over there is where I'll be.”

Here's a conversation between a receptionist of a hotel and a man wanting to meet a girl living in the hotel: Man: Is she in? Receptionist: Just missed her, actually, but you're welcome to wait. Man: ...
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Is there an inversion in the clause? [closed]

The noise was like an English fox-hunt only better because every now and then with the music of the hounds was mixed the roar of the other lion and sometimes the far deeper and more awful roar of ...
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Especially + verb + Subject

I have just found the following sentence: Especially is this true in the field of psychology. I know the rule that says that whenever a sentence begins with an adverb that expresses negativity, it ...
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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 ...
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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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