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    Inversion

    Hi, Teacher

    I'm discussing "Inversion" in this sentence with my Korean people.


    One of the biggest men I have ever seen was lying under a tree.

    Inversion 1. Under a tree was lying one of the biggest men I have ever seen. (?)

    Inversion 2. Lying under a tree was one of the biggest men I have ever seen. (o)


    Which is a correct Inversion form, 1 or 2 ?

    Thanks in advance,

    TTiger
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    Re: Inversion

    I'd use the second, but the first isn't wrong. Note that it should be "one of the biggest men".

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    #3

    Re: Inversion

    Of the two choices, I would choose 2. But I prefer the original.

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    Re: Inversion

    Thank you, Raymott , MikeNewYork


    Can I ask one more question?


    Ex. A man sat under a tree. ---> (Inversion) Under a tree sat a man. OK!

    A man was sitting under a tree. ---> (Inversion) Under a tree was sitting a man. (?)

    Is the second inversion accepted grammatically?

    TTiger

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    Re: Inversion

    They're very unlikely. "Under the tree sat a man" is better. It means that you've already introduced the tree into your story. This also applies to the second sentence - strange, but acceptable if the wider context calls for it.

    Your originals are grammatical. You could say, "I looked out the window at the park, and noticed that under a tree was sitting a man." But almost everyone would say, "... and noticed a man sitting under a tree."

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