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    Default [Inversion] Not very happy was Tom. // Not Tom was very happy.

    1. Tom was not very happy.

    2. Not very happy was Tom.

    3. Not Tom was very happy.


    To emphasize a complement in a negative sentence, we put the complement and 'not' together

    at the start of a sentence and an inversion occurs like sentence 2.


    Then, what about sentence 3? Is this pattern possible?
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    Default Re: [Inversion] Not very happy was Tom. // No Tom was very happy.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    To emphasize a complement in a negative sentence, we put the complement and 'not' together at the start of a sentence and an inversion occurs like sentence 2.
    Where did you read that? Neither #2 nor #3 seems natural to me.

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    Default Re: [Inversion] Not very happy was Tom. // No Tom was very happy.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Where did you read that? Neither #2 nor #3 seems natural to me.
    2 is from one of the most famous Korean esl teachers and 3 is by me.

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    Default Re: [Inversion] Not very happy was Tom. // No Tom was very happy.

    Stick with #1.

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    Default Re: [Inversion] Not very happy was Tom. // No Tom was very happy.

    In fact, you could invert as you did with #2, but it's not common or natural, except in certain, usually older contexts. "Old King Cole was a merry old soul
    And a merry old soul was he..."

    #3 is flat out wrong.
    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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