An inverted sentence
is one in which the subject
appears after the verb
. This construction causes the subject to receive more emphasis
An exception occurs when the verb is intransitive:
- Down the street lived the man and his wife without anyone suspecting that they were really spies for a foreign power.
Because there's no object following the verb, the noun phrase after the verb "lived" can be decoded as subject without any problem.
Inversion after initial negatives:
- Never will I do that again!
- Rarely have I eaten better food.
- Hardly ever does he come to class on time.
- Not until a frog develops lungs does it leave the water and live on the land.
- Not only was Mary Ann Shadd famous for helping escaped slaves, she was also the first African Canadian woman to establish a newspaper.
- Hardly ever have there been so many choices for young people entering the work force as there are today..
Inversion after other structures:
- So high is Mount Everest that climbers can take only a couple of steps per minute as they near the summit.
- Off the coast of North Carolina lie the Barrier Islands, a popular summer resort area.
- Only after the earthquake had taken place did the lack of safety measures become obvious.
- A desire to throw over reality a light that never was might give away abruptly to the desire on the part of what we might consider a novelist-scientist to record exactly and concretely the stucture and texture of a flower.