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    Seldom is it.... (My alaysis)

    This book is intended for students who are just beginning to study Aramaic. Seldom is it the language's inherent value which attracts such individuals; more often they are motivated (if not always directly) by an interest in the Bible, although some may want to explore early Judaism or Christianity.
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    My analysis is as follows:
    The language's inherent value seldom attracts such individuals
    > It is seldom the language's inherent value which/that attracts such individuals
    > Seldom is it the language's inherent value which/that attracts such individuals
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    Is my linguistic analysis correct?
    Last edited by sitifan; 04-Jan-2014 at 11:07.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: Seldom is it.... (My alaysis)

    This sort of inversion is quite common, if rather literary - particularly in poetry. Keats's 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer' sarts

    Oft[en] have I travelled...
    (This example sprang to mind because it starts in the same way with an adverb [for emphasis].)

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    Re: Seldom is it.... (My alaysis)

    Have you noticed the forums/servers are having problems posting messages? It says something like we should wait a few seconds to post, and after we do, the post is duplicated.

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    Re: Seldom is it.... (My alaysis)

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    This book is intended for students who are just beginning to study Aramaic. Seldom is it the language's inherent value which attracts such individuals; more often they are motivated (if not always directly) by an interest in the Bible, although some may want to explore early Judaism or Christianity.
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    My analysis is as follows:
    The language's inherent value seldom attracts such individuals
    > It is seldom the language's inherent value which/that attracts such individuals
    > Seldom is it the language's inherent value which/that attracts such individuals
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    Is my linguistic analysis correct?
    When a sentence begins with a negative adverbial, such as "seldom" we invert the subject and verb, often using an auxiliary verb.

    Often she takes the bus to work.
    Seldom does she take the bus to work.

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