Inversion

Only when


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Tdol

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Which verb do you invert?
 

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Are you looking for comments primarily from learners?

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Tdol

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lucyarliwu said:
tdol said:
Which verb do you invert?

Invert "did" after "arrived":
Only when I arrived did I realise....

Yes, it's the main verb, which is not the case normally. ;-)
 

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Inversion is to emphasize what you like to tell listeners or reader. So it depends on what you'd like to emphasize
 

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Ok, I voted the second alternative.:-D
Now, I have a question.

Cann't be use:
Only when I arrived I relised.........:?: why not??
 
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sheena55ro

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We invert the verb in the second sentence[ i.e, in the main sentence] - did I realise.
 
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sheena55ro

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Isra said:
Ok, I voted the second alternative.:-D
Now, I have a question.
Cann't be use:
Only when I arrived I relised.........:?: why not??


You have to follow the rule of Inversion if you want to speak correct grammatical English
 

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the second variant is correct!!!!!!!!!!!!! and is sure!!!!!!!!!! have a nice day!
 

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by the way,do people often use this kind of inversion in spoken english?
 

Tdol

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It's less common than in writing, but some like 'Had I' for the 'If I had' in the third conditional is common enough. ;-)
 

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:-D MANY MORE FOR YOU:(THIS IS A FULL LESSON:cool: )
1/ Negative intro:
  • Never do I sleep
  • Only at night can I study
  • In no way could I help u with your Japanese grammar question
  • Not until I got home did I realise that my shoes were untied
  • At no time did I say I would accept late homework
  • Hardly had I left before the trouble started
  • Little did I know that he was a compulsive liar
  • No sooner had I reached the door than I realised it was locked
  • Not a single word did she say
  • On no account should u be absent from your seminars
  • Only when/if/when/later did I know what I had got myself into
  • Seldom have I seen him looking so miserable
2/Intro adverbial
  • Into the room ran the lady
  • First comes love,then comes marriage
  • After A comes B,then comes C,next comes D
  • Down came the rain and washed the spider out
3/ Intro past participle
  • Found in San Franc is Lombard St ,the so-called "croookedest street in the world"
  • Lost amongst the old tables and chairs was the priceless Victorian desk
  • Located between San Franc and Marin Country is the Golden Gate Bridge
4/ Comparatives
  • Cheetahs run faster than do antelopes
  • You speak Chinese better than do I
5/Intro comparative
  • Bigger than an apatosaur is the blue whale
  • More important than your personal statement is your GPA
  • No less impressive than the invention of the laser was the development of the wheel
6/ Comparisons:
  • So much did she adore John that she would not give him up
  • So happy was I that I bought flowers for everyone in class
  • So quickly did she leave that we did not even realize she was gone
  • So exciting was the soap opera that I forgot to do my homework
  • Such is a popularity of the TV programme that everyone enjoys it
  • Such was his strength that he could bend iron bars
7/ If-clauses
  • Had I remembered Tomomi's birthday ,she wouldn't be mad at me now
  • Should you need a hand,I will be more happy to help you
  • Were I you,I think I would apply for that job
8/ There + be/ exist/ come etc.....
  • There comes a time in every person's life when she realises that she is in charge of her own happiness ,not other people
  • There remains the problem of finance
9/ Here + be/come.......
  • Here is some good food for you to try
  • Here comes the bus!
10/ Intro-ING
  • Coming in last the race was Joe
  • Not helping the situation was little Susan ,who was throwing newspaper on the spreading fire
11/ Emphasis:
  • Boy am I hungry!!!!
  • Is it ever hot in here!
  • Do you know how to cook!!
  • Don't you know how much I love you!1
12/ Questions + Story speech
  • Is it the last test??
  • "I think it's time to go" said Susan
13/Nor
  • No one has volunteered for the job ,nor do we expect anyone to volunteer in the future
14/ Intro adj
  • Happy about their acceptance into their dream schools were Jack and John
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I suppose that's enough of the inversions you guys really get involved in.........Have fun......Any questions for this grammar points, Tell me....maybe the satisfactory answer will be given...I promise@@@
 
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Hi


The second verb must be inverted :
Only when I arrived did I realise what was going on.

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interesting, this's really a usingenglish site, now I can remember that I've heard of 'inversion' before, but it's much clearer now, thanks everybudy and thanks to Paristtian for the examples.
 

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second one is the correct one because ıf the sentence starts with word 'only' initial so there must be inversion in the second sentence this structure is the similiar tu use of only if
 

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So bad for me that ı've choosen the wrong one because of my hunger :)))

just a simple rule.
If we doesnt begin the sentence with a word apart from the orijinal subject, then we can say that there seem to be an inversion in that sentence.
True??
 

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No; inversion is when the verb and subject switch so that it resemebles a question.
 
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