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    Default Only yesterday

    Only yesterday history was supposedly on the side of socialism,...

    Shouldn't we say 'Only yesterday was history supposedly on the side of...'? I mean we should use inversion here in this sentence. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
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    Default Re: Only yesterday

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    Only yesterday history was supposedly on the side of socialism,...

    Shouldn't we say 'Only yesterday was history supposedly on the side of...'? I mean we should use inversion here in this sentence. Am I right?

    Thank you in advance.
    I'm not a teacher ...

    But, I don't like either of these sentences.
    I would probably say, "As recently as yesterday, history seemed to support the idea of socialism."

    But, if you are locked into one of the two posted sentences, I'd say the first one is correct. The second construction seems like an ill formed question.

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    Default Re: Only yesterday

    The two possibilities are:

    Only yesterday, history was supposedly on the side of socialism...

    This is a common way of speaking, where 'yesterday' = 'in the very recent past'

    Only yesterday was history supposedly on the side of socialism...

    This is found more in oratory and in writing.

    Both are correct, but note the use of the comma in the first sentence.

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