"Oh that's just great," says Ron.
"It's in the box," answers Ron.
"Where is my lion?" asks Ron.
I don't know if this is or isn't the right way to use it.
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There are a few cases in English where full inversion (verb + subject) will be allowed in statements. By "full inversion" we mean not merely placing the operator or auxiliary before the subject, but placing the full verb before it.
One of the cases of full inversion occurs after a topicalized object in reported speech. If the subject is a pronoun, there is usually no inversion:
'Oh no!' said the girl.
BUT 'Oh no!' she said.
Most other cases of full inversion occur after a topicalized adverbial or complement:
There goes my train (BUT: There it goes.)
Now comes the time. (BUT: Now it comes.)
Awaiting them stood a group of heavily armed soldiers.