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    Under the tree he was / was he lying.

    1. Under the tree he was lying.

    2. Under the tree was he lying.


    I wonder which one is grammatical.

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    Re: Under the tree he was / was he lying.

    Neither is natural. He was lying under the tree is natural.

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    Re: Under the tree he was / was he lying.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Neither is natural. He was lying under the tree is natural.
    That's true, but I've heard that if an adverbial phrase is placed at the beginning of a sentence

    for an emphasis, there occurs an inversion between a subject and a verb.

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    Re: Under the tree he was / was he lying.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. Under the tree he was lying.

    2. Under the tree was he lying.


    I wonder which one is grammatical.
    They are both grammatically correct in literary or poetic usage.

    Rover

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