"NOT ONLY is he..."

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Altyn

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

Horsa

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Inversion :)

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

Altyn

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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
 

Horsa

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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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...Is that what you mean?:)

Yeah, looks like it!!! :up: 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? :-?
 
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Horsa

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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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