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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?
Last edited by wotcha; 12-Apr-2013 at 21:15.
Stick with #1.
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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.