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Thread: Inversion

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    Default Inversion

    Which verb do you invert?

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    Are you looking for comments primarily from learners?

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Which verb do you invert?
    Invert "did" after "arrived":
    Only when I arrived did I realise....

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Which verb do you invert?
    Invert "did" after "arrived":
    Only when I arrived did I realise....
    Excellent!

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by lucyarliwu
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Which verb do you invert?
    Invert "did" after "arrived":
    Only when I arrived did I realise....
    Yes, it's the main verb, which is not the case normally.

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Inversion is to emphasize what you like to tell listeners or reader. So it depends on what you'd like to emphasize

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Ok, I voted the second alternative.
    Now, I have a question.

    Cann't be use:
    Only when I arrived I relised......... why not??

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    Default Re: Inversion

    We invert the verb in the second sentence[ i.e, in the main sentence] - did I realise.

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    Default Re: Inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Isra
    Ok, I voted the second alternative.
    Now, I have a question.
    Cann't be use:
    Only when I arrived I relised......... why not??

    You have to follow the rule of Inversion if you want to speak correct grammatical English

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    Default Re: Inversion

    the second variant is correct!!!!!!!!!!!!! and is sure!!!!!!!!!! have a nice day!

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