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    the inversion in the sentence

    In The Independent I came across this sentence:



    More substantially dealt with is a suggestion, repeated over the phone by an Estonian minister to EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton, that the snipers who killed so many protesters in Kiev were cynical opposition plants.



    I would like to know whether the inversion at the beginning of the sentence is used. Why does the subject (suggestion) precede the verb? I would await:



    More substantially dealt with it is a suggestion…

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    Re: the inversion in the sentence

    Well the version you 'would await' is wrong; so you'd probably have a long wait.

    Inversion like this is used occasionally. It is to emphasize the comparison. 'A is Y. But more Y is B'. And Y-er still is C.' Especially when the thing compared is long (in this case 'a suggestion, repeated over the phone by an Estonian minister to EU foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton, that the snipers who killed so many protesters in Kiev were cynical opposition plants') it makes the comparison stand out.

    It can sound a bit precious, but here I think it's justified.

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    Re: the inversion in the sentence

    Coincidentally, I just used this sort of inversion here.

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