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    Altyn is offline Newbie
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    "NOT ONLY is he..."

    Please tell me the term for "NOT ONLY ..." (inverstions?) an what are the other examples? Thank you.

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    Re: "NOT ONLY is he..."

    Inversion

    Not only have I answered your question, but I have corrected your spelling too.

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    Altyn is offline Newbie
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    Re: "NOT ONLY is he..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    Inversion

    Not only have I answered your question, but I have corrected your spelling too.
    Not really, sorry. You just extended my own example by concentrating on secondary matter "not only HAVE I..." whereas I asked about "NOT ONLY..." That is I asked other pairs or whatever word combinations that CHANGE the word order in a statement (not exlamatory or question sentence).

    I know there is a list of them, but I cannot find that in currently available grammar books.

    And sorry for the misspellings.

    Thank you

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    Re: "NOT ONLY is he..."

    I think I understand what you mean. For example -

    Barely/hardly/scarcely had I ... when/before ...
    No sooner ... than
    Only after/later/once/then/when ...
    Only in this way/by chance ...
    Seldom ...
    Rarely ...
    In no way ...
    At no time ...
    Under no circumstances ...
    Not until ...

    Is that what you mean?

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    Altyn is offline Newbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Horsa View Post
    ...Is that what you mean?
    Yeah, looks like it!!! Spasibo! So are all these ... inversions? or is there a better term to look for in Grammar books for a "full' list? Are all those applicable in American English as well an in the same manner?
    Last edited by Altyn; 10-Mar-2008 at 15:38.

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    Re: "NOT ONLY is he..."

    They are inversions. I think they are all used in American but maybe you should ask an American to be sure.

    You can find a longer list in "Advanced Grammar in Use" by Martin Hewings published by CUP.


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