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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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What do they vs What they

I wonder ____________. ---Pandas. A. what do they call these animals. B. what they call these animals. C. what they do call these animals. I guess if it is a personal conversation, it would be "...
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Usage of “How can we” and “How we can” in the following case

Correct This is how we can improve XXX. Correct How can we improve XXX? May I know, which is the correct form? Would you mind telling us how we can improve XXX? Would you mind telling us how can ...
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At what time does she should come?

At what time does she should come to school on Saturday? Is this sentence correct grammatically?
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How to use So Inversion

I came across "so" inversion without "that" do you ratify this clause and supply more examples ? The attitudes towards the use of insect in animal feed and resulting livestock products are generally ...
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Can “not only … but also” be constructed as “not only … as also”?

In other languages, the construction "not only ... but also" can be constructed in a different form: "not only ... as also". Is this also possible in English? For example, is this sentence correct?: ...
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Can we make a question with inversion sentence?

In an essay, can I write the next question about free time? Is is grammatically correct? Seldom have I watched films on TV?
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Does inversion occur after comma?

Which of the following is correct? Only after he came home did I go to bed. Only after he came home, I went to bed. Is the second clause correct? Or is inversion compulsory in that case ...
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Is this inversion structure correct?

Given is the chart concerning the percentage of graduates working in different sectors of the economy in the UK in 2004. I would like to ask whether this sentence is grammatically correct. The part ...
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Is this an inversion sentence?

Is this an inversion sentence? And a farce and a spectacle it will be, fulfilling the social aspirations of Trump and all his grim entourage: to be feted with the high ritual and honorifics ...
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Does inversion change the meaning of the sentence: “As she did…, she could”

She could not go to the party as she did not have an invitation. As she did not have an invitation, she could not go to the party. What is the difference between them?
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What type of inversion is in the following sentences? : Thee will I honor, praise and give glory [closed]

e.g: Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower thee shall I love in endless day
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Two examples about the usage of inversion which make me confused

In the temple of science are many mansions, and various indeed are they that dwell therein and the motives that have led them thither. This is a sentence from a speech of Albert Einstein. When I ...
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Inversion in a sentence with the continuous tense

The original sentence is The two men were talking in front of the station. Which one of the following sentences is correct, if I place the adverbial phrase at the beginning? In front of the ...
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Inversion in second conditional

If Sandy were giving a speech tomorrow, she would be very nervous. Were Sandy giving a speech tomorrow, she would be very nervous. Is this inversion correct? Thank you so much in advance!
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Subject-dependent inversion

In front of him opens a magnificent view on mountains. Is such a subject-dependent inversion possible? Or should I use there opens a magnificent view on mountains in front of him?
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Can I say; So happy does he look? - is it grammatical?

I wonder which of the following sentences is grammatically right? So happy he looks. So happy does he look.
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In the distance + inversion sentence?

In the distance could be seen the purple mountains. In the distance the purple mountains could be seen. I know sentence 1 is right, but can you tell me whether sentence 2 is right.
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Comma before “that” if a sentence begins with an emphatic construction

A coursebook gives a reference to “inversion after ‘neither / nor’, ‘so’ & ‘such’”, and there is this example: Such was the weather, that even the most daring windsurfers stayed at home. The ...
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Is it an inversion in comparison?

There is no strong theoretical or empirical motivation for the view that grammatical competence is any more or less crucial to successful communication than is sociolinguistic competence or ...
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Had Andrew a little patient… - error in the example sentence?

At https://www.learngrammar.net/a/examples-of-inversion-used-in-conditional-sentences there's one example which I think has an error in it. Specifically Had Andrew a little patient, he could have ...
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inversion: with great power comes

#1 below is an instance of inversion, i.e., the subject "great responsibility" follows the verb "comes." I'd like to know whether this inversion is optional; is #2 correct? With great power ...
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Is “Hardly…when” an idiom?

I know that if I start my sentence with an adverb such as hardly I must invert the subject and the verb,but do I really need to use only "when" afterwards?.For instance,is Hardly had I entered ...
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Whether the sentence is the inversion type or not?

I ran across a sentence from the magazine 'Esquire' through the internet. I'd like to know whether the sentence is the inversion type or not. Always does he throw the disorder into everything he ...
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{be verb} + {subject}

Written by people more or less knowledgeable about the subject and about the history of technology, these accounts tend to focus on the unusual and the spectacular, be it people or lines of research, ...
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Usage of “at” in “… at the cottage just over my shoulder is where they had been growing cannabis”

Here's a British news report: And this is what I've transcribed: Well, last August when it was found that Neil and Yvette Hartley had...had been growing almost 90 cannabis plants, little did their ...
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Asking a question as part of a sentence

I was wondering what is the grammar rule to include a question as a part of a sentence? Here are some examples: Example 1: Can you tell what am I missing? vs. Can you tell me what I am missing? ...
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How to use “As……,so……”

Yesterday, I saw a sentence in my textbook. It goes, As people change, so languages change. To me, it also means: The language changes in the same way people change. However, what makes me ...
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May not only take… but also it MAY

In this inversion sentence, do I have to use "may" in the relative clause again? (Assuming you are not sure, that's why you are including "may" in your sentence) "Robbery may not only take ...
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subject vs subject-complement; inversion

Oxford Guide to English Grammar; John Eastwood; Oxford University Press 1994-09 Page 56 We can also sometimes put a complement in front position. They enjoyed the holiday. Best of all was the ...
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When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible?

When is inversion between the subject and the object or the subject and the complement possible? For instance: I stood at the window watching the kids play. <---> At the window watching the ...
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Can an inverted sentence start with an adjective?

The following sentence is cited from "gone with the wind": A little aloof, as became an aristocrat, lay a black-spotted carriage dog, muzzle on paws, patiently waiting for the boys to go home to ...
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Does this inversion take any effect, “Knows an awful lot about the Dark Arts, Snape.”?

Oh, you know Quirrell already, do you? No wonder he's looking so nervous, that's Professor Snape. He teaches Potions, but he doesn't want to -- everyone knows he's after Quirrell's job. Knows an awful ...
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Inversion in affirmative sentences

The Guardian has recently published an interview with Kurt Volker, who stated that: “We can have a conversation with Ukraine like we would with any other country about what do they need.” Source ...
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Why is “are” placed in the middle rather than the end?

I saw the following sentence structure in an American textbook from 2010: Metal A and B are much more brittle than are metal C and D. Why is the "are" placed where it is (emphasized in bold)? ...
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questions: possible ways of asking what something does

What does your program? What does your program do? What your program does? What is it that your program does? Your program does what? Can anyone help me understand how these questions ...
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Why can the answer not be “if”? ___ the government in Greece postpone

____ the government in Greece postpone the debts of farmers, they can cope with the economic difficulties. a. could b. should c. only if d. if e. even if Why is answer "d" (if) not ...
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Question about WH questions

Here are some interrogative statements which are right/wrong (both in American and British English). Right- What took you so long? Who killed my friend? What disease took away my ...
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What type of construction is “In came I. I. Chundrigar…” where a preposition “in” is placed before the verb “came”?

In the red-marked line i.e. In came I.I. Chundrigar, a Bombay barrister, to join the Mad Hatter's dance. See preposition "In" is placed before verb "came". What types of syntax is it and what is ...
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Why is there a subject - verb inversion here? “Also under discussion…were the causes…”

From the Order of Malta's website (https://www.orderofmalta.int/press-release/migrants-refugees-rome-meeting-order-of-malta-european-project-managers/): "Also under discussion over the two days ...
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Neither nor inversion

Neither did she have cracks on her sides, nor was she beautiful. It's correct, right? But neither did she have cracks on her sides, nor she was beautiful. Is it gramatically wrong?
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What is the grammar of “my heart burdened be”?

I have some trouble understanding a line from the song, "You Raise Me Up" When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary When troubles come and my heart burdened be Then, I am still and wait here in ...
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A question about inversion in affirmative sentences

Which is correct? "In fact it is rather simple, just a story of two children. But in this apparent simplicity the book delivers a wonderful exposition of so great memories, ideas and dreams. or, "...
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Yesterday was the lawn mowed

I've just learnt about inversion and I'm not sure if it can be used in sentences which are in present simple or past simple. Can the two following sentences I made be inverted? Original sentence: ...
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The first thing I can see in this picture ‘are’ 2 people

The first thing I can see in this picture are 2 people I happened to see this sentence, and it says using 'is' instead of 'are' is wrong. As I looked up some grammar stuff, you can invert the ...
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Negative-polarity adverbs and inversion sentences

I asked a question here: Some questions about Inversion sentences Now, I know that certain negative-polarity adverbs with the main adverb are what triggers inversion, like "not only", "only when", "...
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If : second conditional inversion

teachers! I'd like to ask you something about conditional inversion. I'd like to know my sentence is right. I changed the sentence ' If you were able to see ...' to ' Were you able to see..' I ...
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Some questions about Inversion sentences

Source: https://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/inversion.html I found this, and it says "We only use inversion when the adverb modifies the whole phrase and not when it modifies the noun." What ...
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Is this inversion kosher? What is this kind of inversion called?

I didn't want confirmed what I suspected might be true The adjective and noun seem inverted in this sentence. Is it grammatical? What is this kind of inversion called?
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What grammatical concept is used here? (“A that would have p.p. had B p.p.”)

The following is an excerpt from RFC 2616: Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1: §14.13 Content-Length The Content-Length entity-header field indicates the size of the entity-body, in ...
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Identify piece of grammar: “Included in this section is a description of a typical system”

Here are some phrases: Included in this section is a description of a typical system. Acting upon a body are few forces which cannot be neglected. Connected with this phenomenon are also some other ...