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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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“A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches” Is this sentence a relative clause?

A formidable figure she was too, in her belted smock and green breeches Is this sentence a relative clause ? like 'A formidable figure (which) she was too'
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If I had money / Had I money, I would like to buy a car

If I had money, I would like to buy a car. Had I money, I would like to buy a car. Are they correct and if not, why?
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Why is the usage of inversion incorrect? While It seems it should be right

The sentence is as below: I wish I had never worked there. And the sentence with inversion is as below: I wish never had I worked there.
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If you don't mind me asking + Wh. words

I am well aware what does the indirect speech mean. Example: Person a. How old are you? Person b. I didn't notice what he asked! Person C. He asked how old you are. [Indirect speech] But could ...
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Is it possible to leverage two inversions into one sentence?

I don't have the foggiest idea about the rectitude of my instance, as well as about the viability of the creation of this sort of sentence. If my example is not correct, and if putting two inversions ...
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Subject-verb inversion

I've seen these sentences : There goes the train! There goes Peter! Here comes Peter! But There he goes! Here he comes! Why is there a subject-verb inversion when the subject is ...
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What are the grammatical facts of this 'Be it enacted by' structure?

Be it enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate and the House of Assembly of the Union of South Africa, as follows:- I see the structure 'Be it enacted by...' in a lot of law-related ...
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“He/Peter said” vs. “Said he/Peter”

We often see "said he/Peter" or "he/Peter said" after the direct speech : "Your information is out of date" he said. "Your information is out of date" said he. "Your information is out of date" Peter ...
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“Left dislocation” of object for emphasis

I admire her. (SVO). Her I admire. (OSV). The left dislocation of the object is due to emphasis on it. "I know when he will come." Here, the object is "when he will come". Is 'left ...
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Is the second part an inversion?

In the following sentence, is the second part an inversion? She was fair and not very tall; after her trotted a white Pomeranian. Can I rephrase it as the second? She was fair and not ...
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“As can I.“ Is this grammatically correct?

I know English has inversion features. And So does my first language. She can speak Swahili and so can I. — this sounds totally correct. Then how about using as instead of so: She can speak ...
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Could you explain “had it not been for”?

Could you explain the grammar of this sentence?: ...my own father would have drowned himself had it not been for my mother's prayers and faith. I didn't understand the construction of this ...
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Why in “Frozen” the statement “Am I so ready for this change” has an inversion?

In the first "Frozen" movie, while the city prepares for the Coronation Day, Anna is singing a song describing how she imagines the new situation she is going to encounter on that day. At some point ...
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'Not until three years ago _________ to work outside.' [(a) he began (b) he begins (c) began he (d) did he begin ]

'Not until three years ago _________ to work outside.' [(a) he began (b) he begins (c) began he (d) did he begin ] Hi guys, I know the answer to this question is 'd', but I've had someone ask me ...
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Meaning of 'have it they did'

When they had the ultimate audacity and have it they did then you needn't wonder that everything was turned upside down. In this sentence, what is the meaning of 'have it they did'? Please tell me I ...
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Inversion in the adverbial clause

Two questions about this sentence Only now could he see what a terrible decision he had made. The inversion should happen in the main clause and not in the adverbial clause, isn't it? The ...
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“Not only can I not help you, but also (never/ under no circumstances) can our parents help you.”

Is my sentence grammatically correct? Not only can I not help you, but also (never/ under no circumstances) can our parents help you.
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“what had she said ” vs “what she had said” Which one is correct?

I had been deemed "what she had said" is correct sentence. However lately I played some English visual novel games, there was a sentence with strange grammar: "what had she said". Which one is ...
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auxiliary in inversion without a negation

I thought we must use auxiliary verbs in sentences with inversion only when we have an explicit (not, never) or implicit (only if, hardly, little) negation. But I have come across the next sentence: ...
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“No sooner had … than” and “No sooner did … than”

Are both of the following sentences grammatically correct? No sooner had the committee made the announcement than everyone started complaining No sooner did the committee made the announcement ...
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Ask about the reason of not giving money to people by banks

Suppose you live in a country, and an economical issue was happened, and the country's banks refuse giving money back to people ... what is the best way to ask about the reason? Why are not banks ...
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Is the usage “it is not until now……” grammatically correct?

I have heard a lot of sentences including the phrase "until now" at the begining of sentences. But when I search its inversion format in Google, I hardly find any related sentences which begin with ...
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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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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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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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