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    Default Never did I dream?

    What's the difference between 1 and 2? In 1, "did" an auxiliary verb was used for inversion, while in 2, the verb was just inversed. When do you use an auxiliary verb and when do you just inverse it?

    1. Never did I dream that he was there.
    2. Down came a shower(Not Down did a shower come)
    Out went the light(Not Out did the light go)

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    Default Re: Never did I dream?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What's the difference between 1 and 2? In 1, "did" an auxiliary verb was used for inversion, while in 2, the verb was just inversed. When do you use an auxiliary verb and when do you just inverse it?

    1. Never did I dream that he was there.
    2. Down came a shower(Not Down did a shower come)
    Out went the light(Not Out did the light go)
    Try these:
    2. Down did come a shower. (Very poetic, not used in colloquial speech)
    3. Out did go the light.

    I'd like to hear from some of the pros regarding this as I am curious to learn more about this as well.

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    Default Re: Never did I dream?

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    What's the difference between 1 and 2? In 1, "did" an auxiliary verb was used for inversion, while in 2, the verb was just inversed. When do you use an auxiliary verb and when do you just inverse it?

    1. Never did I dream that he was there.
    2. Down came a shower(Not Down did a shower come)
    Out went the light(Not Out did the light go)
    In one you have a negative adverbial at the start of the sentence and a simple tense.
    When the sentence begins with a negative adverbial and the verb is in simple past or simple present, you need to insert do, does, or did.

    I never dreamed that he was there. >> Never did I dream that he was there.


    Your other two examples do not begin with a negative adverb.

    A shower came down > Down came a shower.

    The light went out > Out went the light.

    but

    The light went out rarely. > Rarely did the light go out.

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