Inversion. after negative adverbials. Use:. in formal language, for rhetorical effect FORM: the question form of the main verb A Aux S V O Never have I heard such a thing! (I have never heard such a thing!) S Aux A V O
after negative adverbials
FORM: the question form of the main verb
A AuxSV O
NeverhaveI heard such a thing!
(I have never heard such a thing!)
S Aux A V O
Only laterdidIrealize what had happened.
Littledidsheknow about the consequences.
These are most commonly used with:
Seldomhas the team given a worseperformance.
Rarelyhad I had so much responsibility.
Neverhave I hearda weaker excuse!
Sentences of this type often contain comparatives.
Hardlyhad the train leftthe station, whenthere was an explosion.
Scarcelyhad I entered the room whenthe phone rang.
No soonerhad I reached the door thanI realised it was locked.
No soonerwas the team back on the pitch thanit started raining.