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    Subject auxiliary inversion

    Slowly did he perform the job.

    The above sentence is one example of subject-auxiliary inversion.

    My question is: Will the subject-auxiliary inversion rule apply whenever the sentence begins with an adverbial word or clause?

    Or, does the rule apply only to adverbials of place and manner?

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    Re: Subject auxiliary inversion

    "Slowly did he perform the job."
    This is not a natural sentence.

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    Re: Subject auxiliary inversion

    It might not look natural, but I believe it is still grammatical.

    The question is: what kind of adverbials that when appearing at the beginning of the sentence require a subject-verb inversion?

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    Re: Subject auxiliary inversion

    Usually, the inversion occurs after adverbs of place and negative or near-negative adverbs. There are probably other possibilities.

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    Re: Subject auxiliary inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by aburisha View Post
    It might not look natural, but I believe it is still grammatical.

    The question is: what kind of adverbials that when appearing at the beginning of the sentence require a subject-verb inversion?
    It doesn't really matter if it is grammatical or not. Nobody would ever say it.

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