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    #1

    full inversion

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    Round the corner was he standing

    According Full inversion after place adverbials | Grammaring

    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

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    Re: full inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    Round the corner was he standing

    According Full inversion after place adverbials | Grammaring

    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
    "Round the corner was he standing" is the inversion of "He was standing round the corner".

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    Re: 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

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    Re: full inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Dear all,

    Round the corner was he standing

    According Full inversion after place adverbials | Grammaring

    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
    It's the auxiliary verb and subject that are inverted (when it's necessary).
    (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 19:06.

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    Re: full inversion

    "Round the corner he was standing" does not sound very natural to me.

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    #6

    Re: full inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    "Round the corner he was standing" does not sound very natural to me.
    Yes, but I qualified this with, " ... if you have to invert the sentence for some reason." It's the most natural inverted way to say it.
    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.

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