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  1. Ana Laura
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    Smile Verb inversion

    Hello Dear teachers,

    I made up the following inversion sentences and I would like to know if they are correct.

    a) So in love was I that I wasn't able to see his awful behaviour.
    b) So afraid was I that I wet myself.
    c) Such was her fury that she slapped his face twice.
    d) In vain do I try to talk with Mark as he shows no interest.
    e) Rarely does Monica go to gym on Saturdays.
    f) Had Mary but fallen asleep, John would be still outside ringing the bell.
    g) Not for one moment was I touched by his tears.
    h) She wasn't crying, as were the other girls.
    i) He didn't have parents, as had the rest of his friends/ as did the rest of... ( I'm confused)
    j) Never before has anyone told me I am beautiful.

    Thanks in advance.


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    Re: Verb inversion

    They look ok to me.


    i) He didn't have parents, as had the rest of his friends/ as did the rest of... ( I'm confused)

    Unlike his friends he has no parents

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    Re: Verb inversion

    Yes - they mostly seem fine to me: you've really got this construction nailed!

    I have these little quibbles:

    In a, what you 'couldn't see' was not the behaviour but its awfulness. So I'd say "So in love was I that I wasn't able to see [just] how awful his behaviour was."

    The "had... but" construction (used perfectly grammatically in f) is very rare, except in particularly high-flown language - some kinds of poetry and rhetoric chiefly. So I know this wasn't what your exercise required, but I'd simply have said "If only Mary had fallen asleep..."

    Anglika has suggested a rewritten i. The reverse (I'm confused too, so I don't know which meaning you want) would be "He didn't have parents, and neither had the rest of his friends' (unlikely? - well, maybe they were friends from an orphanage).

    b

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