• In normal everyday English, inversion is used :
  • To make questions : Does he?   Can you?
  • After ‘so’ ‘neither’, ‘nor’ :  So do I, neither do I, nor do I.

In written English, as well as in a very formal style, inversion can be used in the following cases :

  • After negative adverbial expressions  :
    • Under no circumstances can we accept credit cards.
    • In no way can he be held responsible.
    • At no time did she say she would come.
    • Not until I heard my name did I believe I had won the race.
  • After adverbial expressions of place :
    • Round the corner came the postman.
    • On the doorstep was a bunch of flowers.
  • After ‘seldom’, ‘rarely’, ‘never’, and ‘little’ :
    • Seldom have I seen such a beautiful view.
    • Rarely did he pay anyone a compliment.
    • Never had I felt so happy.
    • Little did he imagine how dangerous it would be.
  • After ‘hardly’, ‘scarcely’, ‘no sooner’, when one thing happens after another.
    • Hardly had I begun to speak when I was interrupted.
    • Scarcely had we started our meal when the phone rang.
    • No sooner had I arrived than they all started to argue.
  • After adverbial expressions beginning with ‘only’ and ‘not only’ :
    • Only after the meeting did I realize the importance of the subject.
    • Only when the plane landed safely did he calm down.
    • Not only was the car slow, it was also very uncomfortable.
  • Conditionals with inversions
    In conditional sentences we can sometimes replace the ‘if’ with an inversion:

    • Had I known it would be so difficult I would never have enrolled.
  • After exclamations with ‘here’ and ‘there’ :
    • Here comes the winner!
    • There goes all our money!
    • بهترین مدرس آیلتس در تهران

      معلم خوب آيلتس

      تدريس خصوصي آيلتس

      استاد آیلتس

      مرتضی رفیعی ielts

      تدریس خصوصی ielts تضمینی

      روزبه کارگر آیلتس

      استاد عطایی

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