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    rarely can they

    Hi

    People can go against their nature but rarely can they change it.

    Is there some rule which says it should be "rarely can they" instead of "rarely they can"?

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    Re: rarely can they

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    People can go against their nature but rarely can they change it.

    Is there some rule which says it should be "rarely can they" instead of "rarely they can"?
    Generally speaking, we invert subject and verb (or DO as auxiliary) when a (near-) negative begins the sentence:

    Never/Rarely/Seldom have I seen such a sight.
    Rarely/seldom do you see such beauty.
    Only when you have been a teacher can/do you understand such situations.

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    Re: rarely can they

    People can go against their nature but rarely can they change it.
    You could also say but they can rarely change it.

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