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    Default down came the rain

    Hi All,

    Please look at the 2nd line in the following rhyme

    Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout
    Down came the rain and washed the spider out
    Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
    Now Incy Wincy spider went up the spout again!



    I want to understand the grammar part of it. Down is a verb and acting as a noun here.

    The way I have heard so many yoga instructor repeating the instruction like below

    reach your hand up to the seeling

    Please clear my understaning

    Thanks & Regards
    Gauri

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    Default Re: down came the rain

    Quote Originally Posted by gauri_agr View Post
    Hi All,

    Please look at the 2nd line in the following rhyme

    Incy Wincy spider climbing up the spout
    Down came the rain and washed the spider out
    Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
    Now Incy Wincy spider went up the spout again!



    I want to understand the grammar part of it. Down is a verb and acting as a noun here.

    The way I have heard so many yoga instructor repeating the instruction like below

    reach your hand up to the seeling

    Please clear my understaning

    Thanks & Regards
    Gauri
    Not a teacher.

    "Down" is an adverb here. The rain came. How did it come? It came down. Down came the rain.

    "Ceiling" is the word your yoga instructor is using.

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    Default Re: down came the rain

    Dave is right.

    'Down came the rain' is an inversion of 'The rain came down'.

    In the same way 'Out came the sun' is an inversion of 'The sun came out'.

    Rover

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    Default Re: down came the rain

    thanks for correcting the "seeling" to "ceiling".

    down is an adverb here...i understand

    Down came the rain' is an inversion of 'The rain came down'......so when can we use inversion?

    i need more example to understand the inversion...please

    Warm Regards,
    Gauri

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    Default Re: down came the rain

    The sentences are inverted to fit the metre of the lines.

    'Down' and 'out' are accented syllables here, whereas 'the' at the start of the lines would have to be unstressed.

    You can use inversion anytime you want to sound poetic: 'Heavy is my heart'; 'Gone are the days...'

    Rover

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    Default Re: down came the rain

    thanks a lot

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