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    Default Under no circumstances

    Hey guys,
    I have a specific question about this sentence:
    Under no circumstances - whatsoever - am I gonna go down there and back for that truck bet.
    (It could be the case that I've not completely understood the rest of the sentence.)

    Usually we use subject - predicate.
    Why is this an exception?

    And what about these sentences?
    I'm going to the mall under no circumstances.
    Under no circumstances am I going to the mall.

    Would both be correct?

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: Under no circumstances

    Hi Nightmare85,
    This is just a set expression that we tend to use in this way: "Under no circumstances will I..."

    Your question:
    And what about these sentences?
    I'm going to the mall under no circumstances.
    Under no circumstances am I going to the mall.
    Would both be correct?
    The first one is awkward. If you want to begin the sentence with the subject, you can write "I'm not going to the mall under any circumstances." The second is fine.

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    Exclamation Re: Under no circumstances

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    And what about these sentences?
    I'm going to the mall under no circumstances.
    Under no circumstances am I going to the mall.
    Would both be correct?

    Cheers!
    Both sentences are correct. This expression is just another way saying absolutely not/never idiomatically.
    You can just for a change replace by the normal adverbs in your sentences.
    I'm absolutely nevergoing to the mall.
    Am I absolutely not going to the mall?
    You can notice the dullness of the sentences with the normal words and the effectiveness with the use of the idiomatic expression

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    Default Re: Under no circumstances

    Thank you guys!

    However, I still have a small question.
    "Under no circumstances" sounds like 100%.
    So wouldn't it better only to use the gerund?

    Quote Originally Posted by phrasemix
    This is just a set expression that we tend to use in this way: "Under no circumstances will I..."
    This confuses me a little bit, because I thought will should not be used when something is 100% clear.
    (In this case that someone is definitely not going to...)

    Cheers!

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