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    emphatic inversion and grammatical inversion

    what is the difference between emphatic inversion and grammatical invesion?what are they used fo?

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    Re: emphatic inversion and grammatical inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by sana22 View Post
    what is the difference between emphatic inversion and grammatical invesion?what are they used fo?
    Grammatical inversion:
    'There is a boy in the room'. You can't express the same idea using a direct word order.

    Imphatic inversion:
    'Nothing does he know about it.' You can express the same idea using a direct word order - 'He knows nothing about it'. It will be less emphatic. Emphatic inversion is a stylistic device.
    Last edited by Clark; 11-Jun-2008 at 23:12.

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    Re: emphatic inversion and grammatical inversion

    I haven't heard for emphatic inversion.
    Is it about fronting, focusing, maybe?

    In the room, there was a desk. On the desk, there was a hot gun. In the gun (there was) no one bullet left.

    Not only do you keep me quiet you keep me hungry as well. (inversion of a verb)

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