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Round the corner was he standing
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Full inversion after place adverbials
second example : Round the corner was he standing
Why not ? Round the corner standing was he
Why does the author partial inverse the second sentence ? not full inversion although the title of the topic is full inversion
Many thanks to bhaisahab
Round the corner standing was he is NOT correct ?
He stood round the corner >>full inversion : round the corner stood he
He could eat lunch around the corner >>full inversion : round the corner could he eat lunch
What is the difference between partial and full inversion for those given sentences
Once again, many thanks
(You'll notice this in your previous post, with, "... did she overcome her fear", where it's 'did' and 'she' that are inverted, not 'overcome'.)
You'll note that also immediately after this example, they say: "But if the subject is a personal pronoun, no inversion is used."
The natural way to say this is, "Round the corner he was standing", assuming there's a reason you can't say, "He was standing around the corner."
Be aware that that site give patchy advice and no explanation.
Last edited by Raymott; 15-Dec-2010 at 18:06.
"Round the corner he was standing" does not sound very natural to me.
You could also say:
Round the corner standing he was.
Round the corner standing was he.
Round the corner was he standing.
but none of these are as likely.
In a longer sentence, eg. "Round the corner he was standing, smoking and waiting for his girlfriend" it doesn't sound unnatural, though I'd put a comma after 'corner'.
Maybe I should have said that it's the least unlikely form of the inverted sentence; that was my meaning.