- Negative adverbs at the beginning of the sentence for emphasis in formal contexts:
Seldom do people associate being married with being healthy.
Rarely do I have time to go the gym.
Hardly had I arrived home when the children came
Scarcely had I finished reading the novel when I fell asleep.
2. Negative expressions at the beginning of the sentence for emphasis
a.I am tired and angry.
Not only………………but also
Not only am I tired but I am also angry.
b.I am not going to do this in any way.
Not + in any way= in no way
In no way am I going to do this.
c.I didn’t know that he was a liar.
Little did I know that he was a liar.
d. I will not tell your secret on any account.
not+on any account= on no account
On no account should you use a metal container in the microwave oven.
e. I will not come under any circumstances.
Under no circumstances will I come.
3: Limiting adverbials
only after, only later, only once, only then, only when
Notice where the inversion is:
- I only realized that I had forgotten to write my name after I handled in my paper.
- Only after handing in my paper did I realize that I had forgotten to write my name.
- I only went to the movies once during the whole time I was studying.
- Only once did I go to the movies in the whole time I was studying
- I only realized how little I knew when I took the test.
- Only when I took the test did I realise how little I knew.
I didn’t know how lucky I’d been until I saw the results.
Not until I saw the results did I realise how lucky I’d been.
Not until +noun phrase
Not until the end did I realise how lucky I’d been.
You may want to practice some of these in the following links: