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Is the subject-verb inversion in this sentence correct?

She does not always mean good, and not always is she overt as to her real meaning. I think "is" should come before "she" because of "not always". Is that correct?
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What is the function of “do” in this sentence?

Rarely, though, do countries introduce a single reform alone. What function does do have in this sentence?
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Why is the following sentence in inversion style wrong?

1- Hadn’t he seen the car coming? 2- Hadn’t he seen the car coming, he would have been killed. 3- Had he not seen the car coming, he would have been killed. Why is the sentence number 2, in ...
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Does this sentence make sense: “So many women have never received economic degrees as today”?

Before doing the below exercise, I and my friend have been taught about inversion, like these examples: Example 1 : I have never seen such a beautiful rose. (standard word order) Example 2 : ...
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Only now “are” technological advances beginning to offer hope

Only now are technological advances beginning to offer hope that wind power will come to be accepted as a reliable and important source of electricity. Wind Power in the US Why do we need the ...
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“Only a little money I have”, “Only a little money do I have”

Those sentences which start with negative words other than subjects are inverted. For example: Little did I dream it. But how about only a little/few? Do they work like little or few?
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About inversions like: “At no time did it seem necessary …” and “So convinced am I that …”

Are there some rules behind these inversions: "At no time did it seem necessary to direct the machine to the ground." "So convinced am I that he is on the right lines that ..." "The two ...
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not every day (do) you get a chance to

In this clip of the movie Moana, Maui says: I know, not every day you get a chance to meet your hero. The line starts at 49 seconds into the video. I think the meaning of the boldfaced clause is ...
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Only once did I see any elephant

I stumbled on this sentence in a book called "Going Solo", but it doesn't look grammatically correct to me: Only once did I see any elephant. Please explain to me how does it work.
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How is the structure “ Never have I been”?

I came across " Never have I been so glad to see anyone in my life.". Is " Never have I been so glad" is the same meaning as "I have been so glad"? How can I use the phrase " Never have I"?
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Passive construction of a sentence that starts with “no sooner”

We had no sooner started the work than he closed the door. The work had no sooner been started than he closed the door. The work had no sooner been started, when he closed the door. The last two ...
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different usages of the phrase“ No way is there”

Extracted from Oxford Dictionary: There is no way we could afford that sort of money. No way am I going to drive them there Would anyone please teach me if my revised sentences (#3 and #4) ...
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Question-like structure (word order) in non-question sentences

Occasionally I see constructs like this in English sentences: Not only is this true in this case, but ... What puzzles me is the "is this" part of it. The sentence is not a question, yet it ...
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Why does “will” go before a noun in this sentence?

Why does "will" go before the word "Twitter" while there's no question? Under no circumstances will Twitter be liable in any way for any Content...
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Adverbs at the beginning of a sentence

I found this sentence from my dictionary. I wonder why "had" is before "a moment". Hardly had a moment passed before the door creaked open. I also wonder about other words like never, once in a ...