Posted by: a2cristina | February 26, 2019

INVERSION (2)

 

INVERSION (REPHRASING 2)

Rewrite the following sentences using an inversion.

  1. He didn’t learn the truth until his parents told him.
  2. He had never been so embarrassed.
  3. He only realized he had left his umbrella in the library when he went out of the school.
  4. I not only passed my exam, but I also got the highest mark in the class.
  5. I only understood the question then.
  6. I was burgled and everything got smashed.
  7. Jane heard the burglar and immediately rang the police.
  8. John has never understood anything about women.
  9. John’s father never complained despite feeling so poorly.
  10. She had never been treated this way before.
  11. Sue had not had such delicious food since she lived in Italy.
  12. The bell had barely started to ring when the students got up from their seats and left the classroom.
  13. The child had never been asked to lie before.
  14. The police only heard two people arguing.
  15. The problems intensified when he came back home.
  16. The secretary didn’t understand the situation very well.
  17. The shops will only increase their sales if they lower their prices.
  18. They seldom go out together.
  19. You cannot invite your friends on a workday night.
  20. You cannot tell anyone about this under any circumstances.
  21. You must not tell anyone I went away last weekend.
  22. You will only know what a beautiful film it is when you have seen it.

 

 

KEY

 

  1. He didn’t learn the truth until his parents told him.

Not until his parents told him, did he learn the truth.

2. He had never been so embarrassed.

Never had he been so embarrassed.

3. He only realized he had left his umbrella in the library when he went out of the school.

Only when he went out of the school did he realize… / No sooner did he get out of the school than he realized… / Only after getting out / he got out of the school, did he realize…

4. I not only passed my exam, but I also got the highest mark in the class.

Not only did I pass my exams, but I also got the highest mark in class.

5. I only understood the question then.

Only then did I understand the question.

6. I was burgled and everything got smashed.

Not only was I burgled, but also everything got smashed. 

7. Jane heard the burglar and immediately rang the police.

No sooner did Jane hear the burglar than she rang the police.

8. John has never understood anything about women.

Never has John understood anything about women.

9. John’s father never complained despite feeling so poorly.

Never did John’s father complain despite feeling so poorly. / Not even once did John’s father complain…

10. She had never been treated this way before.

Never before has she been treated this way.

11. Sue had not had such delicious food since she lived in Italy.

Not since Sue lived in Italy had she had such delicious food.

12. The bell had barely started to ring when the students got up from their seats and left the classroom.

Barely had the bell started to ring when the students got up…. / No sooner had the bell started to ring than the children got up…

13. The child had never been asked to lie before.

Never before had the child been asked to lie.

14. The police only heard two people arguing.

In no way did the police hear more than two people arguing.

15. The problems intensified when he came back home.

No sooner did he come back home than the problems intensified. / Only when he came back home did the problems intensify. / Only after he came back / Only after coming back home did the problems intensify.

16. The secretary didn’t understand the situation very well.

Little / Barely / Scarcely did the secretary understand the situation.

17. The shops will only increase their sales if they lower their prices.

Only if the shops lower thier prices will they increase their sales.

18. They seldom go out together.

Seldom do they go out together.

19. You cannot invite your friends on a workday night.

Under no circumstances / On no account / On no occasion can you invite your friends on a workday night.

20. You cannot tell anyone about this under any circumstances.

Under no circumstances can you tell anyone about this.

21. You must not tell anyone I went away last weekend.

Never / Under no circumstances / On no account must you tell anyone I went away last weekend.

22. You will only know what a beautiful film it is when you have seen it.

Only when / Only after you have seen / having seen it will you know what a beautiful film it is.

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