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    #1

    Only after he realized

    In my grammar book there's a sentence "He only later realized what a difference it would make to our lives".

    I'm supposed to use inversion but I cannot change the meaning of the sentence.

    I'm quite confusing with it.

    Let me guess first

    1) Only after did he realize what a difference it would make to our lives.
    2) Only after he realized what a difference would it make to our lives.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Only after he realized

    Your title and your two suggested revisions use "after" but the original uses "later". Is there a reason you didn't stick with "later"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Only after he realized

    Yes, there's. I have a list of words after which it's neccesary to use inversion. I didn't find "only later" there but there was "only after". Assumiing they're the same I replace "later" with "after".
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    #4

    Re: Only after he realized

    "Only later" is absolutely fine and in your sentences it's what you need. "Only after" has to be followed by the thing it's after.

    Only after I had eaten the chicken did I realise it had gone off.
    I ate some chicken. Only later did I realise it had gone off.

    Note that you can't use the contraction "there's" as you did in your first sentence in post #3.
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    #5

    Re: Only after he realized

    You've just dropped a hint that the correct version is "Only later did he realize what a difference it would make to our lives". Right?

    [Note from mod: this was edited after post #6 was written]
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Mar-2016 at 16:49.
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    #6

    Re: Only after he realized

    Almost. You've reversed "did he realise" correctly but you've made an incorrect reversal later on in the sentence.
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    #7

    Re: Only after he realized

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    Yes, there's.
    We don't contract in affirmative short answers:


    Yes, there is a reason. - Yes, there is a reason.
    Yes, there is. - Yes, there's.

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    #8

    Re: Only after he realized

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Almost. You've reversed "did he realise" correctly but you've made an incorrect reversal later on in the sentence.
    No sooner had I corrected it than you posted your reply.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Mar-2016 at 16:52. Reason: Error
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    #9

    Re: Only after he realized

    We cross-posted. I've added an edit note to post #5 to explain. Your sentence is now correct. Nice use of inversion in post #8.
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