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    Inversion

    Hi all.
    I have a few questions about inversions. I'd appreciate any help

    1) When - in what situations - do we use inversion with and when without auxiliary verbs? How does it function (with respect to word order)?

    2) When can we just invert the subject and predicate? When do we have to insert the auxiliary?
    e.g On a hill in front of them stood a great castle. --> why not 'did a great castle stay?'

    3) How and when do we use inversion with present tenses? I've encountered very few exaples of it in my learning so far.

    4) How do modal verbs affect the inversion? Do we just invert the subject and the modal?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sebastian

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    Re: Inversion

    Teachers..?
    Natives..?
    Anybody..?

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    Re: Inversion

    Quote Originally Posted by seba_870701 View Post
    Hi all.
    I have a few questions about inversions. I'd appreciate any help

    1) When - in what situations - do we use inversion with and when without auxiliary verbs? How does it function (with respect to word order)?

    2) When can we just invert the subject and predicate? When do we have to insert the auxiliary?
    e.g On a hill in front of them stood a great castle. --> why not 'did a great castle stay?'

    3) How and when do we use inversion with present tenses? I've encountered very few exaples of it in my learning so far.

    4) How do modal verbs affect the inversion? Do we just invert the subject and the modal?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sebastian
    Hi,
    The verb "to stand", he,she,it stood. So you could say, "On a hill in front of them did a great castle stand". No one speaks like this, hwever you can find this sort of construction in poetic or literary texts.

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    Re: Inversion

    Thanks bhaisahab,
    but I hoped for a more detailed reply to the questions listed above..

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