LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||01/DEZ/2005 1:37 PM|
|Assunto:||May I invert the order like in Portuguese?|
Possible inversions in English:
- auxiliary verb etc before subject: Ex: May all your wishes come true! See examples given in previous posts.
- whole verb before subject.
- after adverbial expressions of place (most common in literary and descriptive writing): Under a tree was lying one of the biggest men I had ever seen; On the grass sat an enormous frog.
- reporting (story telling): "What do you mean?" asked Henry.
So, the answer is Yes, the adverbial phrase of place can be inverted in English BUT it is not a common way of speaking.
Source: Practical English Usage by Michael Swan
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