Inversions

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Inversions

  1. 1. INVERSIONS
  2. 2. WORD ORDER IN AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCESSUBJECT + VERB + COMPLEMENTS My brother is lazy, but he’s also very selfish. I won’t treat you like an adult until you can behave like one. I never heard such a ridiculous story. You only realize how expensive everything is when you leave home. As soon as the football match started it began to rain heavily. I had just sat down when the train started to move. I have rarely met such an irritating person.
  3. 3. WORD ORDER AFTER SOME EXPRESSIONS The word order SUBJECT + VERB + COMPLEMENTS might change to make the sentences more emphatic or dramatic. Such changes take place after: Negative expressions: Not only is my brother lazy, (but) he’s also very selfish NOT ONLY (My brother is lazy, but he’s also very selfish) Not until you behave like an adult will we treat you NOT UNTIL like that (Until you don’t behave like an adult we will not treat you like one) NEVER Never did I hear such a ridiculous story before (I never heard such a ridiculous story before)
  4. 4.  Other expressions: Only when you leave home do you realise how ONLY WHEN/THEN expensive everything is (You only realise how expensive everything is when you leave home) No sooner did the football match start than it started NO SOONER… THAN to rain heavily (As soon as the football match started it began to rain heavily) Hardly/scarcely had I sat down when the train started HARDLY/SCARCELY…WHEN to move (I had just sat down when the train started to move) RARELY Rarely have I met a more irritating person (I have rarely met a more irritating person)
  5. 5.  Preposition + subject + verb:Off we goUp they jumpedInversion should only be used occasionally for dramatic effect.Overusing it will make your English sound unnatural.
  6. 6.  Preposition + subject + verb:Off we goUp they jumpedInversion should only be used occasionally for dramatic effect.Overusing it will make your English sound unnatural.

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