Sunday, November 22, 2015

Negative Adverb Word Order

Word order can be tricky for learners, especially questions and emphatic sentences like the one below. Which is correct, "my child was" or "was my child"?

Do you know the answer? 

Answer:

 At no time my child was in danger. 
 At no time was my child in danger.
? When a negative adverb begins a sentence, invert the subject and (auxiliary) verb.  

Other examples of this error:

  1. Never I had heard such a noise. 
  2. Hardly I had come in the door when my roommates started complaining.  
  3. At no time the students were in danger. 

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