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Since I've been given a cold shoulder in 'Ask a Teacher' section, I decided to post my questions concerning inversion here...
1) When - in what situations - do we use inversion with and when without auxiliary verbs? How does it function (with respect to word order)?
2) When can we just invert the subject and predicate? When do we have to insert the auxiliary?
e.g On a hill in front of them stood a great castle. --> why not 'did a great castle stay?'
3) How and when do we use inversion with present tenses? I've encountered very few exaples of it in my learning so far.
4) How do modal verbs affect the inversion? Do we just invert the subject and the modal?
Thanks in advance for your contribution,
We use inversion with present tenses in interrogative sentences:
e.g. Are you going there?
Do you go there?
e.g. Little does she know about that.
Here comes the sun.
Modal verbs are used when making wishes [ and not only]:
May she live happily all her life.
in question tags:
She must come, mustn`t she?
in short answers:
My friend would like a coffee. So would I.
and in many more constructions than I have tried to exemplify here.
For more information, go to:
Inversion - grammar - central - British Council - LearnEnglish
inversion english grammar
Auxiliary verb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A. Inversion occurs in questions and interrogative sentences:
e.g. How are you?
Will you come to dinner tonight?
Would you like to have a coffee?
When did she come back from Ireland?
B. Sentences starting with negative adverbs:
e.g. Never have I been to France.
C. Your example:
On a hill in front of them stood a great castle. -ok
On a hill, in front of them, did a great castle stand. – in my opinion this sentence is also correct and used when the speaker wants to emphasize the idea conveyed by him/her.
Inversion is a complex chapter in English grammar and it should be learned gradually.
If you have questions on this topic, please feel free to ask me again. I must admit my answer is not complete, but as I have already told you, inversion is a complex topic and a very large one as well.
Last edited by Teia; 16-May-2008 at 17:49.
Thanks both of you guys!!
Not only did he get a cold shoulder but did he at last get enough info about inversions in english.
were i him i wouldn't be satisfied with the answers.
Had he got a grammar book 'would he have asked about inversions?
In the future should you have any difficulties with the inversions you're welcome to drop on here again.
Had you read these sentences carefuly you might have seen there is no "If" in any of them. Actualy "If" is hidden by my try to have used inversions talking about them.
Having seen "If" five times in these five sentences would be boring for all of us.
from a book:
Inversion is a structure in which a verb or axiliary verb is put before the subject.
In my opinion this definition doesn't describe inversions well enough.
Inversion sometime change meaning of the sentence.
it is here. you have asked me where is it and i have answered, it is here.
but; Here it is. now i have taken it and i'm giving it to you
he comes here (regularly, once a week)
here he comes (he's at the door, just appeared)
using inversions as you've seen the meaning's completely different
putting "using inversions" at the front of the sentence it becomes dominant.
some guys which write grammar books call it fronting.
it wasn't so boring to keep an eye on her.
keeping an eye on her wasn't so boring. ( keeping an eye on here becomes dominant in the sentence. not bad use, don't you think? )
In the movie Once upon a time in the west, Charles Bronson said,'I saw three of these dusters a short time ago. They were waiting for a train. Inside the dusters there were three men.'
'Inside the men there were three bullets.'
The dusters were very important and not only did he used them in the front of a sentence but the complete conversation.
Inversions are used to increase drama that has been happening.
Closer and closer swam the sharks!
to increase what you mean when saying to someone, or about someone or something..
Imagine I've run into a tractor which was parked behind the corner and asked him what time was.
The tractor didn't answer and hiting him with my boots and being angry I say
How stupid you are?
inversions are used to emphasis negative sense
Don't go there. They will say, 'You wouldn't like another drink, would you?", and drink instead of you.
Not only do they take a lot of your money but they leave you in the desert.
Never have I heard such a nonsense. No-where would they take me to.
As i already told you
Under no circumstances should you go in!
(under no circumstanses is fronted)
that way you should go!
no way i agree
up to you
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