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    Only when... - inversion

    OK, so the sentence is meant to be a transformation of this one:

    She realized how much she hated England only when she went to live in France.

    And then comes I'm not sure which version is correct:

    a) Only when she went to live in France, did she realize how much she hated England.

    b) Only when did she go to live in France, she realized how much she hated England.

    I'd be really gratefull for any help. Thanks in advance,

    Jacob

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    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobb View Post
    a) Only when she went to live in France, did she realize how much she hated England.

    b) Only when did she go to live in France, she realized how much she hated England. X
    Only then did she realize...
    Only when she went... did she realize ...

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    #3

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobb View Post
    OK, so the sentence is meant to be a transformation of this one:

    She realized how much she hated England only when she went to live in France.

    And then comes I'm not sure which version is correct:

    a) Only when she went to live in France, did she realize how much she hated England.

    b) Only when did she go to live in France, she realized how much she hated England.

    I'd be really gratefull for any help. Thanks in advance,

    Jacob
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    a) is correct.

    BBC example:

    Only when Jill got the office did she realise she was dealing with a company called Personal Travel Group and the 100 prize was just a lure to get her to come to this meeting. BBC - Watchdog

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    #4

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Only then did she realize...
    Only when she went... did she realize ...
    Tsk. Getting faster each day.

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    #5

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Thanks for such a fast help :)

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    #6

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by jacobb View Post
    Thanks for such a fast help :)
    Hi jacobb, and welcome to Using English.

    This is a side comment, but "help" is not countable. Just say "for such fast help" without the "a."

    Looking forward to more of your posts.
    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.

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    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Barb is more observant than I.

    Welcome to the forum, jacobb.

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    #8

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    If you want something countable, you can say 'a [helping] hand'. But a hand (meaning help) usually refers to practical help - doing something helpful, rather than being helpful by giving information/advice.

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    #9

    Re: Only when... - inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi jacobb, and welcome to Using English.

    This is a side comment, but "help" is not countable. Just say "for such fast help" without the "a."

    Looking forward to more of your posts.
    Of course you're right, my mistake. Nevertheless, thanks for helping me out :) It's a pleasure to have a conversation with all of you :)

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