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"not until" and "only" - which part of the sentence is inverted and why?

In one of my grammar books, there are two examples how to use "not until" and "only" in a sentence: Not until the next day did I hear that I had got the job. Only at the end of ...
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At no point vs. At any point

I wanted to know the difference between the following sentences and if they are both correct to use. At no point was I told what the job involved. At any point I wasn't told what the job involved.
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I don't... neither am I in one sentence

I don't want to go out, neither am I interested in going to your place. Is this sentence correct? Can I use "neither" after saying that I don't do something? Most examples that I've seen ...
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·What does the second sentence in this paragraph mean?

"If people had invested their money in antiques 20 years ago, they would have found it difficult to make a profit on their investment until very recently. So people who cannot afford for their ...
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"For no money would she leave" vs "For no money she would leave"

I read a linguistic paper saying that the two sentences have opposite meanings. For no money would she leave. For no money she would leave. The paper says... (1) means she wouldn't leave even if ...
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Never did I see her again

a. Never again did I see her. b. Never did I see her again. I'd use (a) over (b). But is (b) natural? If so, is there any difference in meaning?
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Does it not work vs Does not it work

Do they mean same thing? I found both use on the Internet, for example: Why does it not work? Why does not it work?
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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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'Not' before a noun subject in a question

We know that if we don't use contraction, the structure of a negative question is as follows: Auxiliary verb + subject + not + verb ...? e.g., (1) 'Does he not go to school everyday?' (2) 'Does the ...
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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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Why does negative inversion not occur in some sentences but similar ones?

As we know, when a phrase containing a negation appears at the beginning of a sentence, subject-auxiliary inversion must occur. However, I have seen the following sentence examples violating the rule, ...
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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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mustn't vs needn't [closed]

How to distinguish use cases of these verbs? Mustn't is a negative form of modal verb. We should use when something prohibited. You mustn't talk in the library. Needn't it's regular verb with negative ...
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Inversion of a negative sentence including there

Sometimes inversion seems really complicated. Suppose the following sentence: If there had not been modern communication platforms across the globe, there could have not been any scientific progress. ...
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"once in a blue moon" and "rarely"

Does "once in a blue moon," an expression that means "very rarely," also require inversion? Rarely does he work at night. He rarely works at night. Once in a blue moon does he ...
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Subject-operator inversion

If a sentence begins with a negative or semi-negative word / phrase, it causes subject-operator inversion : "In no other way can the matter be explained." "Hardly had I seen Sam when he ...
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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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Is this grammatically correct? : Something is not A nor A', neither B nor B'

'To love is not demanding nor taking advantage needless to say, neither is it giving up nor sacrifice.' Is this sentence correct? Is there any room for improvement? How about the following ...
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What is this actually saying? Written sentence: “This is not a story about wine, well not totally.”

What is this actually saying? Written sentence: “This is not a story about wine, well not totally.” The writer means "There's more to this story than just wine." It's a voiceover attempting to be ...
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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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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) could be ...
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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 ...
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