Inversion ESL


Inverted order is used in a few different ways for emphasis mostly in written English.

Inversion Types


With adverbs of negative meanings
After Only
After So
Instead of If
Mixed Types

See Inversions Exercise

With adverbs of negative meanings


Never have I seen such a big house!
Hardly ever he speaks English at home.
In no way can he be accused of such a crime.
Seldom does he visit his grandmother.
Scarcely did Mrs. Bran go to the dentist last year.


After Only


Only today she told me she was married.
Only with thinner he can remove that stain.


After So


So clearly does Mr. Harris speak English that we can understand him easily.


Instead of if


Had the train been late, we wouldn't have got there on time.
Were they in danger, they would phone you.
Should we pay the bill, tell her to give us a receipt.

Mixed Inversion Types


How expensive it is!
May be rest in peace
Next to the president stood the reporters.
Never do we go there by ourselves.
In vain did we try to change his plan?
Under no circumstances will I see him again.
Everywhere has evidence of his crime.