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Negative inversion

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Negative Inversion

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BBC English Masterclass: Inversion 1: After Negative or Limiting Adverbs

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Inversion: BBC English Class

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Отрицательная инверсия в английском (Negative inversion)

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Inversion with Negative

In linguistics, negative inversion is one of many types of subject-auxiliary inversion in English. A negation or a word that implies negation or a phrase containing one of these words precedes the finite auxiliary verb necessitating that the subject and finite verb undergo inversion. Negative inversion is a phenomenon of English syntax. The V2 word order of other Germanic languages does not allow one to acknowledge negative inversion as a specific phenomenon, since their V2 principle, which is mostly absent from English, allows inversion to occur much more often than in English. While negative inversion is a common occurrence in English, a solid understanding of just what elicits the inversion has not yet been established. It is, namely, not entirely clear why certain fronted expressions containing a negation elicit negative inversion, but others do not.
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