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    Default inversion

    1. Mrs. Chen stands here.
    2. Here stands Mrs. Chen.
    Do the above two sentences have the same meaning?

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    Default Re: inversion

    They could mean the same thing, if, let's say, someone were describing a scene from a movie. However, there appears to be a slight difference between the two, intonation-wise.

    Consider the following scenarios.

    Some guy directing a movie is telling the actors where to stand.

    Scenario 1: Mrs. Chen stands here. Mr. Chen stands over there. The policeman stands behind that sofa. (etc.)

    Scenario 2: Here stands Mrs. Chen. Over there stands Mr. Chen. And behind that sofa stands the policeman.

    There is a slight difference in the way the director sounds. I wonder if others see it the same way I do.

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    Default Re: inversion

    It depends on the context, but the second could be used for greater emphasis- it might be that she refuses to move in the second.

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    Default Re: inversion

    1. Mrs. Chen stands here.
    2. Here stands Mrs. Chen.
    3. Mrs. Chen is standing here.
    Can #2 and #3 have the same meaning?
    Last edited by sitifan; 16-Aug-2011 at 03:10.

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    Default Re: inversion

    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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