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Thread: Inversion

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    I did the testing on the inversion and was shocked, because I made a lot of mistakes.
    Could anyone please explain to me the rule, while it is "Seldom have I seen such a mess" but on the other hand it is "Sometimes I have seen such a mess"
    Thank you in advance!!!

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    Re: Inversion

    Not all adverbs invert- they tend to be negative or nearly negative ones, where there can be an emphasis- it's hard to emphasise 'sometimes', which is a pretty meaningless adverb at the best of times.

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