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Inversion

Introduction

Inversion involves changing the position of the subject and auxiliary or modal verb.

We use inversion:

Examples

* Note that the inversion occurs in the main clause after expressions such as only after, only if, only when.

Further examples


Some common negative adverbials


Examples

* Note that a negative verb transforms as a positive verb when following a negative adverbial expression.

Practice

Transform the following sentences:

  • You mustn't let the dog off its lead.
    Under no circumstances the dog off its lead.
     
  • She had never been there.
    At no time there.
     
  • I am hardly ever late for work.
    Rarely late for work.
     
  • This is not acceptable.
    In no way acceptable.
     

Further practice

Choose the correct option a, b, c or d:



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