Can you explain to me why there is so order of words in the sentence (from my book):

I'd been asking Mom for a year to let me go back to Ridgefield, our hometown in Illinois, and see my friends. No way was I going to let Ashley go back before me, so I was glad when Mom told her no, that she would miss too much school.

I think text in bold should be "No way I was going". Why reason to write in such order?

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    In AmE, no way is short for the expression: There is no way, there was no way. That said, English also uses inversions with the be verb at times.
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 15:15
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    Does this answer your question? Some Unnatural Word Order Concerning Subject-Verb Inversion
    – Lambie
    Commented Feb 16, 2022 at 15:17
  • Yes, I've looked up verb-inversion in google and found explanation and usage of that.
    – ZWA
    Commented Feb 17, 2022 at 13:51
  • @ZWA Did it answer your question, or are you still unsure of the reason for the word order here?
    – gotube
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 23:56


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