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    • Join Date: May 2005
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    #1

    A grammatical question on Inversion

    The red roses smell fantastic.

    I want to put an emphasis on the underlined part using the inversion.
    In this regard, I would appreciate it if you would kindly let me know
    which of the following sentences is grammatically acceptable?


    Fantastic do the red roses smell.-----(1)

    Fantastic smell the red roses.--------(2)


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    #2

    Re: A grammatical question on Inversion

    The red roses smell wonderful.

    ('fantastic' is akin to the words the younger generation uses to describe experiences, like 'awesome'. 'cool', hip', and the perversion of 'excellent' as a cool word. This is not to say it is totally inappropriate to ever use, or to use here, but in this context, it does sound a bit over the top in describing the smell of roses. Perhaps someone's cooking smells fantastic - or some dish you are eating tastes fantastic. Then it is used as indicating very high praise.
    Someone has just won a race - He put on a fantastic performance.
    Where both the younger and older generations would use the word similarly, is in describing someone as 'looking fantastic' in a new dress or outfit, or with a new hairstyle.

    How wonderful the red roses smell.
    Last edited by David L.; 19-Jun-2008 at 09:55.


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    #3

    Re: A grammatical question on Inversion

    I am very grateful to you, Mr.David L., for for your kind reply. And I assert that I have understood what you'd like to mean.
    The purpose of my question is,however, purely about the grammar concerning the method of Inversion.

    Which is grammatically acceptable between the following two sentences?

    Wonderful do the roses smell.-----(1)
    Wonderful smell the roses.--------(2)


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    #4

    Re: A grammatical question on Inversion

    Neither of your examples.

    I gave the only acceptable, non-question inversion possible, in my post, in blue type:

    How wonderful the red roses smell.

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