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Inversion

 

Used to change the emphasis in a sentence and to vary the writing style. We change the order of the subject and verb just like a question. Usually formed by adverbs or adverb phrases, but adjectives can also be used.

 

E.g.

Adverbs

1) Normal sentence- I am hungry and tired too- Estoy hambriento y cansado también

Inversion- Not only am I hungry, but tired too- No solo estoy hambriento, sino cansado también

2) Inversion- Rarely will you see such great writing- Rara vez verás escritura tan buena

 

Adjectives/participle +to be

1) Normal sentence- The internet is central to this revival

Inversion- Central to this revival is the internet

2) Normal sentence- A small handle is attached to the door

Inversion- Attached to the door is a small handle

 

Conditonal Use

1)If we bought the flat, I would need to get a loan - 

InversionWere we to buy the flat, I would need to get a loan- Si compraramos el piso, necesitaría pedir un prèstamo

2)If I had saved more, I would be able to afford that flat

InversionHad I saved more, I would be able to afford that flat-  Si hubiera ahorrado más, podría permitirme ese piso