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    #1

    inside the room...

    Are these sentences correct:

    1) Behind that calm appearance worked a terribly agitated mind.

    2) Beneath that calm surface, waited a monster.

    3) Inside that room, fought two madmen.


    I have seen this structure with verbs that are either stative (eg, be) or act like a stative verb (stand, sat, live).
    These sentences seem natural to me:
    Behind that calm appearance was a terribly agitated mind.
    Behind the door, stood a tall dresser.
    In the cave, lived a big ill-tempered bear.

    But do '1', '2' and '3' work?


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: inside the room...

    1) and 2) are OK-ish. 3) doesn't work for me.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    #3

    Re: inside the room...

    'Inside the room were two mad men fighting.'
    Does it work?
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    #4

    Re: inside the room...

    Thank you very much, Bhaisahab,

    And how about:

    1a) Behind that calm appearance a terribly agitated mind worked.
    2a) Beneath that calm surface, a monster waited.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    #5

    Re: inside the room...

    They are OK.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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