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    Smile subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Could you teach me how the following sentence can be rearranged into an accepted pattern of subject-verb inversion sentence?

    -It has never been more difficult for an academic to make his name.

    and how should I define "presupposition" according to the theory of linguistics? any example?

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanYim View Post
    Could you teach me how the following sentence can be rearranged into an accepted pattern of subject-verb inversion sentence?

    -It has never been more difficult for an academic to make his name.

    and what is presupposition about? any example?

    Thanks!
    "Never before has it been been more difficult for an academic to make his name."

    Have you looked up "presupposition" in a dictionary?

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    What about the following example?

    -"You would see a diamond like this in no other country in the world."
    rearranged into subject-verb inversion sentence as below:

    -"In no other country in the world a diamond like this would you see."
    Is this sentence correct in terms of subject-verb inversion?

    Thanks

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanYim View Post
    What about the following example?

    -"You would see a diamond like this in no other country in the world."
    rearranged into subject-verb inversion sentence as below:

    -"In no other country in the world a diamond like this would you see."
    Is this sentence correct in terms of subject-verb inversion?

    Thanks
    No, it's not. That's an unnatural sentence.

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, it's not. That's an unnatural sentence.
    So how should I rearrange the sentence into an accepted subject-verb form? Thanks!

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanYim View Post
    So how should I rearrange the sentence into an accepted subject-verb form? Thanks!
    -"In no other country in the world a diamond like this would you see." ->
    "in no other country in the world would you see a diamond like this."
    Is this homework?

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    -"In no other country in the world a diamond like this would you see." ->
    "in no other country in the world would you see a diamond like this."
    Is this homework?
    Thanks a lot!
    No, I am just studying past exam papers for a coming exam

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    Re: subject-verb inversion & presupposition

    Quote Originally Posted by HermanYim View Post
    Thanks a lot!
    No, I am just studying past exam papers for a coming exam
    Have you picked up a pattern from the answers from Raymott and me. One of the most common uses of subject verb inversion occurs in a sentence that begins with an adverbial phrased in the negative:

    Not since 1912 have we...
    Never in a million years would I...
    Rarely, would we...

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