If we place an adverbial phrase at the front of a sentence to emphasize
does an inversion occur?
1. I pushed the door slightly.
2. Slightly did I push the door.
3. Slightly, I push the door.
4, I well remember his name.
5. Well do I remember his name.
6. Well I remember his name
Which are grammatical between 2 and 3, and 5 and 6?
Last edited by wotcha; 29-Nov-2012 at 02:51.
1-3 would all sound better with "gently" instead of "slightly." 1 & 2 (subject to my note below) work a bit with "slightly" but 3 does not.
2 & 5 both sound like something out of an Edwardian era story.
I don't find 6 to work at all.
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.