is there anyone who can tell me inverted sentences with examples?
I can only provide you with examples, but I can't help about rules...
- Little did he know what was going to happen.
- Under no circumstances can we pay you with a cheque.
- Seldom did he see her after that incident.
- Should Mary come early, please tell her to wait for me and make herself at ease.
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and any other one with more example and rules?as i see we can use it under some negative circumstances , i mean like seldom should rarely little am i right
do you have other examples?
If a clause begins with a negative adverb, inverted word order must usually be used, with the subject following the Simple Present or Simple Past of the verb to be, or the first auxiliary. In the case of the Simple Present or Simple Past of any verb other than the verb to be, the auxiliary to do must be used. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.
Simple form of
negative adverb + verb to be or + subject
or adverb phrase first auxiliary
Never before was I so eager to reach home.
Little did we think we would meet again.
Seldom had they tasted such a delicacy.
Following are other examples of this type of construction. The negative adverbs and adverb phrases are printed in bold type, and the subjects of the verbs are underlined.
In the first example, the subject he follows was, the Simple Past of the verb to be. In the succeeding examples, the subjects we, story and bell follow the auxiliaries had, was and did, respectively.
When used with a verb of motion, an adverb or adverb phrase of location may be placed at the beginning of a clause, followed immediately by the verb, followed by the noun subject of the verb. This construction is summarized below, followed by examples.
adverb phrase verb of noun
of location + motion + subject
Up the hill trundled the train.
Here come our friends.
If the subject of the verb is a personal pronoun, the subject must precede the verb, as illustrated below:
adverb phrase pronoun verb of
of location + subject + motion
Up the hill it trundled.
Here they come.
(From http://www.wordpower.ws/grammar/gramch24.html#2g2 .)
Inversion should be used if a clause begins with such words like: never, hardly, scarcely, seldom, little, in vain, not only, etc.
Inversion is also necessary in sentences like Neither do I and So do I.
Inverted word order is used in subordinate clause of conditional sentence if the conjunction if is absent and there are such words words like: should, would, had, were, could. They should be placed before the subject then.
Edited on 24-01-2006
i even learnt more than i had expected to learn.
i suppose i have sorted my problem out. in order to use it in daily life these are my practices. ,
never before had i an opportunity to learn english with such good friends.
scarcely do i speak english in my daily life.
not for too many years have i been learning english.
infrequently am i drinking coffee in these days P
no sooner had ruslana told me inverted sentences i learnt them with no difficulty.
as for the second part that you added sooner it was the best part because it merged some knowledge in my mind that i ve learnt so far.i already knew to use it in conditional sentences and "nor do i,so do i" but i learnt the reason.
But it seems I was not quite right.
RuslanaInverted word order is used in subordinate clause of conditional sentence if the conjunction if is absent and there are such words words like: should, would, had, were, could. They should be placed before the subject then.
As to your latest post, I think it should be "Should I see him tomorrow, ..." (In the event I see him tomorrow).
On the other hand, I am confused if one can use inversion in sentences like this:
Will in the subordinate clause here is not an auxiliary verb but means a request. So, I am not sure the red sentence is correct. Perhaps, you know that, Pieanne?