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Av2 Grammar Bank 3B

January 25, 2013

ADDING EMPHASIS: INVERSION

These kinds of inversions are more common in written texts, for those are lacking body language and the expressivity of human voice. As you watch your weekly TV series episode, try to jot down any of these constructions if you hear themª

1 Not until years later, did I realize my mistake, 2 Never had we seen such magnificent scenery, 3 Not only did they dislike her, but they also hated her family [Alternative: Not only did they dislike her == they also hated her family], 4 Only when we had read his autobiography, did we understand, 5 Hardly had we started to eat, when we heard someone knocking at the door, 6 Rarely have I read such a badly written novel, 7 Not until the sun set, did we put doown our tools and rest…, 8 Not only was the hotel room depressing, but it was cold as well [alternative: Not only … == it was cold as well], 9 Only when it was unusually cold, did they light the fire, 10 No sooner had he gone to sleep than there was a knock on the door, 11 Only then did I realize the full scale of the disaster, 12 Scarcely had I destroyed !distrOid! the evidence when the police arrived, 13 Never has he regretted the decision he took on that day, 14 Only when I had spoken to the manager was the problem sorted out.

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