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If we started a sentence with "but", should we use word order of main or subordinate clause?

... But can the above mentioned technique be also used in this situation? ...


... But can be the above mentioned technique also used in this situation? ...

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The but doesn't make any difference to the grammar.

But in any case, I cannot think of any context in which the order in your second example would be grammatical.

When you invert a clause with an auxiliary verb

[The above-mentioned technique] [can] be used ...

you swap the subject and the auxiliary:

[Can] [the above-mentioned technique] be used

The infinitive (be in this example) does not move.

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Riko. Hello again :-)

But can the above-mentioned technique also be used in this situation? ...

Your second alternative would not be considered grammatical.

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