Jump to content


Bernard M

Recommended Posts


I have two questions about inversions in English:
1- is the inversion mandatory in the cases indicated or just a style formula? 
2 - Is the list of cases cited exhaustive or are there other expressions of this type (other negative adverbial expressions or other frequency adverbs ...)?

Thank you for your help.

Have a nice day.

Link to comment
  • Head Tutor

Hello Bernard,

1. If you start your sentence with the negative expression in order to emphasise it, inversion is mandatory. Saying' Never I had heard this.' is wrong. You must say: 'Never had I heard this.' However, you always have the choice of moving the negative expression to the middle of the sentence as long as you don't mind removing the emphasis.

2. I cannot claim my list to be exhaustive, but I have made sure that the most common expressions are listed. 

Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.