Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 19, 2012

INVERSION – (PART 1) EXPLANATION

INVERSION EXPLANATION

We invert the subject and auxiliary verb in the sentence to give emphasis. This happens:
1.    After certain expressions when they are at the beginning of a sentence.

Seldom

In / Under no circumstances
Rarely

Never
Scarcely (ever)… when    

Nowhere
Hardly (ever)… when    

Never before
No sooner… than    

Not only… but also
On no occasion    

In no way
Nor / Neither    

Not even once
On no account    

Only in this way
Little    

Barely

Rarely do we see him these days.
No sooner had we got into the house than he phoned us.

2.     When the following expressions begin a sentence, we use inversion in the main clause.
Only after, only by, only if, only when, not till / until, not since.

Only after he had graduated, did he start looking for a job.
Only if you invite her, will she come to your party.
Not until all tests had been completed, were we told the results.


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