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Inversion is the placing of words or whole phrases in the reverse of their usual order in a sentence. It can serve a grammatical or a rhetorical purpose.

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"Well suited are the nacatl to a coat of steel and forge-tempered claws.": what does this mean?

Well suited are the nacatl to a coat of steel and forge-tempered claws. I have no idea how to interpret this sentence. Is this perhaps an inversion of the sentence like "The nacatl are well ...
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Is adverb + adjective + inverted clause limited to "so" + adjective?

A typical sentence of this form is: link 1 link 2 1 So memorable was the event that we could not miss it. Can we extend and generalize this structure like these? For example: adverb + adverb + ...
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Whether to use comma in Inversion

We usually say : "John could earn enough money only in this way" without Inversion. We say : "Only in this way could John earn enough money" with Inversion. But my question is : ...
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Inversion grammar , are these two sentences correct?

I'm learning "Inversion" grammar and I was wondering if you could tell me whether these two sentences are correct both in term of grammar and meaning : 1) Rarely do I need to visit a doctor. ...
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'What N is' or 'what is N' (affirmative statement)

In one online course, I saw the following phrase: In this video, you learned what is data and you also saw how not to misuse data. My question is: shouldn't it be 'you learned what data is,' since ...
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Can I start an inversion structure with something other than the specific negative or limiting adverbs or use them as dependent clauses?

I have recently learned about inversion. In all examples I have seen, a negative or limiting adverb takes place at the beginning of the sentence like this: Seldom do I sleep early these days. But ...
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Inverting a sentence which includes 'never ever'

Never will I ever take up smoking. The test asks (not a homework) if it is correct or incorrect; I circled 'incorrect' but according to the answer key, it is correctly inverted. Wouldn't the original ...
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Is this sentence an inverted structure or a shortened form: "Not that grief ever ends. You learn to exist with it."

This sentence in bold is from a text in which someone tells about how the death of their mother has affected themselves even after years, although she tried many ways to cope with it. Here is the ...
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What is the difference between "Is it not wrong? And Is not it wrong?" [closed]

Recently I hear it a lot in different movies and it is bothering me a lot so I'll be pleased if you guys answer me😃
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all variants of writing the sentences where "as" means "and so" [closed]

As far as I know, if in some sentence "as" means "and so" this sentence can be written both with inversion and without it. Could you check my examples on this topic please: (1a) ...
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Child as he was / a child as he was

Child as he was, Tom knew a lot about science. Why can't " A child as he was" be used instead?
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What is the structure of "To do, that is ..." [duplicate]

Henry David Thoreau: To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. What is the structure of this sentence? I think it's safe to simplify to "To do, that is A". Is it a ...
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Is this sentence has an inversion or modifying of word-order?

I am reading an article Tbilisi on Wikipedia, there is a sentence that confuses with me. It was in the former Viceroy of the Caucasus's palace where the independence of three Transcaucasus nations – ...
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should the first sentence still be inverted if it's a passive one in the structure Not only … but also?

As I've read in the Cambridge dictionary: To add emphasis, we can use not only at the beginning of a clause. When we do this, we invert the subject and the verb: Not only was it raining all day at ...
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Only then are you free?

Quote from an awesome TED talk (The prison of your mind given by Sean Stephenson): When you love yourself, whether you're sleeping on a prison cot, or in a mansion, whether you have food in your ...
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Is "associated a subset of Ω" grammatical in this sentence?

Let 𝐴 and Ω be sets, and suppose [that with each element 𝛼 of 𝐴 there is associated a subset of Ω which we denote by 𝐸𝛼]. Is "associated a subset of Ω" grammatical in this sentence? An ...
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Can "(T)here you are!" be used as exclamation to a discovery?

I have often heard and always thought that people exclaim "(T)here you are!" when they, for example, found someone they've been looking for. So much so that I was pretty surprised to learn ...
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Could this part of the sentence 'If on that day, everything were as usual' be inverted as 'On that day, were everything as usual' and so on?

I'm making present sentences I like to practice my subjunctive mood. Several of the continuous sentences like that: If on that day, everything were as usual... If only he never came into my life... ...
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What kind of phrasal verbs could be inverted to make an inverted sentence?

I'm learning the inverted sentences in English, actually I'm a new hand to this. There are one or two examples of inverted sentences in which the inverted parts are its phrasal verbs in my book. Away ...
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"To Be" conjugation with Inversions?

Looking at the TV was/were John and Jane. Should "to be" be conjugated in the singular or plural form? My first thought was that it should agree with Looking at the TV; after all it comes ...
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No way was I going vs No way I was going

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 ...
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Inversion with "to not have"?

I came across this quote and was intrigued by its grammar: "The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears" At first glance, "had the eyes no tears" this seems like a type ...
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so + auxiliary + subject

Lily had a wonderful time and received a fine gift, _________. A. so had Lucy B. so did Lucy C. so Lucy did D. so it was with Lucy The given answer is D, but I'm wondering if B is also possible. I'...
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A confusing structure: verb+ing as ... do

I came across a confusing structure from Arthur Schopenhauer. Here is the text: Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel are not philosophers, lacking as they do the first requisite for being counted as such: ...
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The use cases and meaning of words that trigger an Inversion, namely "little"

I have encountered the following sentence in a class: little did I know such a person in my life Somehow it sounds "off" to me. I can't exactly pinpoint the reason why it is that way but I ...
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Some Unnatural Word Order Concerning Subject-Verb Inversion

As far as I know, subject-verb inversion involves switching the sentence subject and the verb when another item has to occupy the first position of the sentence. The following is an example from the ...
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Underlying structure of How + adjective + subject + verb

I want to understand the underlying structure of "How + adjective + subject + verb" ex) how selfish we are. Here's my opinion. As the form of indirect question, subject and verb inversion ...
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Run-on sentences as a result of not only X but also Y inversion?

I have a question regarding the usage of 'not only... but also'. Query #1: When does 'not only...(but) (also)' inversion result in a run-on sentence? I present two sample sentences below - to me, they ...
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How to invert if-clause in continuous form?

I want to know how to invert these if-clauses in conditionals (for the convenience, I'd leave the main-clause): If I am not going to catch the train... (a real conditional) If I were not going to ...
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inversion with "so . . ."

Is "so" correct with inversion in the following? Is it mandatory? Just as the French love their wine, so the English love their beer. Just as the French love their wine, so do the English ...
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inversion of past participle

I came across a sentence to understanding like the following. Enclosed is a brochure explaining our services and investment options, per your request. This sentence is made to place a past ...
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Placing long phrases at the end of sentences/clauses

I have seen the following sentence in some article: Where some understanding exists of how brain processes produce mental phenomena-for example, pain, thirst, vision, smell-it is clear that specific ...
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What is the grammatical function of 'all' in 'noun + all'?

The people all wanted a new leader. In the above example, what is the grammatical function of all? Is it an inversion of 'all of the people' or 'all the people'? Or is it something else entirely? I ...
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Is not only but also used correctly in this sentence?

Is the following usage of "not only but also" wrong? Not only is playing video games exciting but also it is a great way to improve our creativity. What about this one? Not only is ...
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"In whose symbolic shadow we stand today"

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It's a line from Martin Luther King's famous speech, I wonder if it is inverted? ...
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Shouldn't "Only during totality...is it safe to look" be "...it is safe to look"?

In the book "Horizons: exploring the universe-Cengage learning (2018)", it said: Only during totality, when the photosphere is completely hidden, is it safe to look at the Sun directly. So ...
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Weren't+subject ... and Were+subject+not ... are they both correct for inverted conditionals?

I've seen many examples that suggest putting not after the subject. E.g. Were Elsa not a brave girl, she wouldn't go with us. Can we write: Weren't Elsa a brave girl, she wouldn't go with us. as ...
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The use "not only" and "-ing form"

Could you tell me if the following sentence uses the "not only ... but also" and "-ing" correctly? The renovation project not only does not avoid but precipitates living off-...
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Word order and inversion in English

I've read some articles on the rules of word order in English, but still have many questions when it comes to particular situations. For example, do the following sentences sound natural, or I need to ...
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about word-order of a question sentence which is a line from a movie

I'd like to ask about a line in a dialogue(<- should it be a line of a dialogue instead?) from the movie, No Country for Old Men. I marked the line bold among the below dialogue. The conversation ...
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Is this inversion correct?

Could you please tell me if I have used inversion correctly or not? On no account can reforms be postponed any longer.
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I have always seen this inversion in past tense. Is this correct for simple present?

Is the following sentence correct? I used inversion, and instead of telling "people are able to", I wrote "are people able to" Only after a well-planned diet are people able to ...
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Omitting "if" at the middle of a sentence

In my book, it just told me about omitting "if" at the beginning of a sentence. Then what about "if" in the middle of a sentence? Example: I wouldn't do that if I were you. I ...
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The following sentence is correct in terms of grammar?

What I'm trying to say - [I'm not studying or working at the moment] The sentence that I like to use - I'm not studying nor am I working at the moment.
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Inversion in interrogative questions

In indirect questions, the so-called penthouse principle disallows Subject-AV inversion. Thus, Cathy wonders what did Sam eat. (Incorrect) Cathy wonders what Sam ate. (Correct) What is the rule for ...
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A weird “such” inversion

Is “So beautiful a day was it that...” grammatically correct? Does such a weird case of inversion even exist? I know that this question doesn’t hold up in terms of pertinence or practicality but the ...
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Is there a mistake in my sentences? (inversion)

Inversion to emphasize a negative or limiting adverbial 1.We didn't discover the mistake until much later. Ans: Not until much later did we discover the mistake. 2.Nowadays People no longer go by sea. ...
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What is negative inversion for "She made no sound as she crept upstairs"?

What is the negative inversion for this sentence? She made no sound as she crept upstairs My Answer: No sound did she made as she crept upstairs Is this correct? If not, how could it be improved?
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Inversion usage in "Despite being cheap and efficient, hardly does crayon capture the artists’ true intention."

Is it correct to use inversion in the second part of the following sentence? Despite being cheap and efficient, hardly does crayon capture the artists’ true intention. Is it better to revise the ...
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How to invert "He was never silly." to emphasize the negative adverb?

What is the correct sentence if you want to make inversion for the following sentence to emphasize the negative adverb? He was never silly. Never was he silly. This is recommended as correct form ...
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