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    at no time are you / at no time you are

    Dear all,

    1. At no time you are to work alone on a machine inthe lab.

    2.At no time are you to work alone on a machine inthe lab.

    Is #1 wrong? Is it necessary to change the word order like #2 when "at no time" is placed at the beginning of a sentence?

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    Re: at no time are you / at no time you are

    Yes 1 is wrong. 2 also has problems. There needs to be a space before "At", and a space after "in". Other than that, 2 is OK.

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    #3

    Re: at no time are you / at no time you are

    You will find subject/verb inversion in many English contexts.

    At no time are you to work alone.
    You are not to work alone at any time.

    Never again will he see her beautiful face.
    He will never see her beautiful face again.

    Only once did she speak his name.
    She spoke his name only once.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: at no time are you / at no time you are

    'Under no circumstances should you work alone on a machine in the lab.'

    I think inversion is intended to add emphasis, but I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: at no time are you / at no time you are

    Most of the adverbial structures that cause this inversion are (near-) negatives: at no time, hardly (=almost not), little (= not much), never, not until later, not only, seldom (= almost never).


    Phrases with only often have negative undertones:
    only after - not until after
    only then - not until then
    only once - no more than once

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    Re: at no time are you / at no time you are

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I think inversion is intended to add emphasis, but I am not a teacher.
    No. It is the negative structures that require the inversion. It is the placing of such structures at the beginning of the clause that adds emphasis.

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