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    on gets with..

    What does ' on gets ' mean in the following sentence?

    Imagine the scene: you are sitting on the tube and on gets someone you feel instinctively feel is American.

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    Re: on gets with..

    Quote Originally Posted by bosun View Post
    What does ' on gets ' mean in the following sentence?

    Imagine the scene: you are sitting on the tube and on gets someone you feel instinctively feel is American.
    "on gets someone" = "someone gets on".

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    Re: on gets with..

    "on gets someone" = "someone gets on".
    Could you tell me what kind of this grammar structure?
    I have searched many times but I don't see any results.

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    Re: on gets with..

    It's an example of inversion.

    Concise Oxford English Dictionary 2008 Oxford University Press:
    inversion
    noun
    • 1 the action of inverting or the state of being inverted
    • ■ reversal of the normal order of words, typically for rhetorical effect.


    Rover

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    Re: on gets with..

    I had just opened my umbrella when out came the sun!
    I had just decided that the gorgeous guy I had been told about wasn't going to turn up, when in walked Brad Pitt!
    Just as I put on my bikini, down came the rain.

    As shown in the definition posted by Rover, this type of inversion is done for rhetorical effect. It is not necessary but it has a certain ring to it.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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