Making sense of negative inversion. Hopefully!
Two warm-up exercises to remind you of the principles
Exercise 1 - Fill the gaps using the words in the box. ?
|1.||Hardly ever an athlete won so many medals in such a short time.|
|2.||Little we realise what a social faux-pas we had committed.|
|3.||Scarcely the match started when the trouble began.|
|4.||Only by standing on tip-toe I able to see anything at all.|
|5.||Seldom can an have heard a better interpretation of this symphony.|
|6.||Hardly had the controversial opera when people began to walk out.|
|7.||Only if we leave now we be in time to catch the train.|
|8.||Never have I seen people turn out for this event.|
|9.||Rarely a remark have been more ill-judged.|
|10.||Only did it become clear what the extent of the damage was.|
|11.||Barely had we had time to pack up the picnic things the heavens opened|
|12.||No sooner had we asked for a quieter room room, we were given one.|
Exercise 2 - Fill the gaps using the words in the box. ?
|1.||At no time he seem to realise what an idiot he was making of himself.|
|2.||At no time before have I heard arrant nonsense.|
|3.||Nowhere do they charge you so much for water|
|4.||On no should you miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.|
|5.||Under no must this door be left unlocked.|
|6.||Not she apologises for what she said will I speak to her again.|
|7.||Not if they halved the price would I buy such a heap of old rubbish.|
|8.||Not for all the money in the world I do what you're suggesting.|
|9.||Not do I know you're wrong, but I can also prove you're wrong.|
|10.||Neither was the food up to standard was the service particularly good.|
|11.||Everyone except me got soaked. Not for do I always carry an umbrella.|
|12.||No am I going to jump into that icy cold water!|
Two practice exercisesPractice Exercises - general principles
- Unless shown otherwise in the brackets (), start each sentence with a capital letter and finish with a full stop, but don't add any other punctuation.
- Remember that when there is more than one auxiliary verb, only the first one is inverted. Any others stay with the main verb.
- If you 'copy and paste', be careful not add any extra spaces; the program needs you to be exactly right: it's not very clever.
- You can check your answers at any time - click on Check
- Clicking the clue buttons ? (at the moment hidden) will give you the next word, but try not to use them unless you get really stuck. You will need to click on 'show' first.
- If you want to empty all the boxes and start again, click on the Clear button.
Exercise 3 - Make inverted sentences from the sentences given, using the words in brackets ().
|1.||You shouldn't tell him about my trip to China. (On no ...)|
|2.||You are not going to get me to eat that! (No way ... !)|
|3.||I have seldom seen such a brilliant goal. (Seldom ...)|
|4.||Such a hurricane has rarely happened in Hereford. (Hardly ever ...)|
|5.||I wouldn't want to hurt your feelings for all the world. (Not ...)|
|6.||They were never aware of the danger that threatened them. (At no time ...)|
|7.||This must not leak out to the press. (Under ...)|
|8.||He wasn't rich and he wasn't handsome. (Neither ...)|
|9.||We haven't often witnessed such artistry. (Rarely ...)|
|10.||The bridge collapsed as soon as we managed to get across. (No sooner ...)|
|11.||We were only able to cross the border by offering him a bribe. (Only ...)|
|12.||Immediately he opened his mouth he started complaining about everything. (Barely ... before ...)|
Exercise 4 - Make inverted sentences from the sentences given, using the words in brackets ().
|1.||She has no idea what a surprise she's going to get. (Little ... know)|
|2.||The bell had barely started to ring when the children rushed out of the classroom. (Scarcely)|
|3.||He didn't start his speech until there was absolute silence in the hall (Not ...)|
|4.||We will only be able to accept your offer if we are offered free delivery. (Only ...)|
|5.||It is with good reason that Edinburgh is known as the Athens of the North. (Not for ...)|
|6.||We have never been so well wined and dined in our lives. (Never ...)|
|7.||She didn't break the news of her engagement until after dinner. (Only ...)|
|8.||We weren't told that we would need our passports. (At no time ...)|
|9.||They don't charge you as much for water anywhere else. (Nowhere else ...)|
|10.||I wouldn't fly with them again even if they offered me a free flight. (Not even ...)|
|11.||We had barely entered the shop when an assistant jumped on us. (Hardly ... when ...)|
|12.||He is both charming and very rich. (Not only ..., but ... also ...)|
- Ex 1 1. has, 2. did, 3. had, 4. was, 5. audience, 6. started, 7. will, 8. so many, 9. can, 10. then, 11. before, 12. than
- Ex 2 1. did, 2. such, 3. else, 4. account, 5. circumstances, 6. until, 7. even, 8. would, 9. only, 10. nor, 11. nothing, 12. way
- Ex 3
- 1. On no account should you tell him about my trip to China.
- 2. No way are you going to get me to eat that!
- 3. Seldom have I seen such a brilliant goal.
- 4. Hardly ever has such a hurricane happened in Hereford.
- 5. Not for all the world would I want to hurt your feelings.
- 6. At no time were they aware of the danger that threatened them.
- 7. Under no circumstances must this leak out to the press.
- 8. Neither was he rich nor was he handsome.
- 9. Rarely have we witnessed such artistry.
- 10. No sooner had we managed to get across than the bridge collapsed.
- 11. Only by offering him a bribe were we able to cross the border.
- 12. Barely had he opened his mouth before he started complaining about everything.
- Ex 4
- 1. Little does she know what a surprise she's going to get.
- 2. Scarcely had the bell started to ring when the children rushed out of the classroom.
- 3. Not until there was absolute silence in the hall did he start his speech.
- 4. Only if we are offered free delivery will we be able to accept.
- 5. Not for nothing is Edinburgh known as the Athens of the North.
- 6. Never in our lives have we been so well wined and dined.
- 7. Only after dinner did she break the news of her engagement.
- 8. At no time were we told that we would need our passports.
- 9. Nowhere else do they charge you so much for water.
- 10. Not even if they offered me a free flight would I ever fly with them again.
- 11. Hardly had we entered the shop when an assistant jumped on us.
- 12. Not only is he charming, but he is also very rich.