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    #1

    I pushed the door slightly -> Slightly did I push the... // Slightly I pushed the ...

    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 03:51.

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    #2

    Re: I pushed the door slightly -> Slightly did I push the... // Slightly I pushed the

    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.

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