In an essay, can I write the next question about free time? Is is grammatically correct?

Seldom have I watched films on TV?

  • What is the situation where someone would ask this? What would they be trying to express?
    – ColleenV
    Jul 5 '19 at 18:25

No, that does not parse as a question, because seldom is one of the (negative polarity) words which, if it comes first in a sentence, triggers inversion.


Seldom have I watched television.

is a statement, not a question.

(Other examples are never, nowhere, rarely).

If seldom doesn't come first, then it would be a question:

Have I seldom watched television?

though that is an odd question to ask, and reads as a rhetorical question (one that is not really expecting an answer). Perhaps that's what you meant.

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    I don't know why someone downvoted this. It's obviously correct, and more succinctly expressed than I could have done. It seems to me this particular "inversion" is (almost?) always a bit stylised / poetic / literary, but somehow this aspect seems less noticeable if the "left-promoted" adverbial element is longer: Not once in all of the forty years I've lived here have I spoken to my neighbour, Never in all my life have I heard such nonsense! Jul 5 '19 at 16:31

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