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Un’altro modo per dare enfasi in inglese prende il nome di Negative Inversion. Nelle negative inversion verbo e soggetto si comportano come nelle forme interrogative con l’aggiunta dell’ausiliare e l’inversione della posizione soggetto-verbo!

Ecco i casi in cui si riscontrano le Negative Inversion

Dopo negative adverbials

Dopo alcuni avverbi ed espressioni quali never, nowhere, not for one minute, not since, not until, never again, rarely.

Più usato nell’inglese scritto ma anche a volte nell’inglese formale.

Never had I felt so happy.
Non mi ero mai sentito così felice.

Nowhere will you find a better place to relax.
Non troverai da nessuna parte un posto migliore per rilassarsi.

Nothing do I love more then reading before going to sleep.
Non c’è niente che io ami di più di leggere prima di addormentarmi.

Not until the 1990’s did he discover the perfect vehicle for his revolution.
Non scoprì il veicolo perfetto per la sua rivoluzione fino al 1990.

Rarely do you see women wearing fancy hats to parties or other gatherings.
Vedrai raramente donne indossare cappelli stravaganti a feste o altre occasioni di ritrovo.

Hardly had he began to speak when the majority of the guests departed.
Non appena iniziò a parlare la maggior parte degli ospiti se ne andò.

No sooner had I put the phone down than it rang again.
Non appena misi giu’ il telefono squillo’ di nuovo.

Little did I know that love would bring you to my door.
Non avevo alcuna idea che l’amore ti avrebbe portato alla mia porta.

Dopo alcune espressioni con Only e No

Only when you accept that you need proper exercise will you achieve weight loss success.
Solo quando accetterai che hai bisogno di fare esercizio fisico in maniera appropriata riuscirai ad avere successo nella perdere peso.

Not only do you burn calories while exercising, but also your metabolism increases…
Non solo bruci calorie quando fai esercizio ma aumenti anche il tuo metabolismo…

At no time was I given any explanation.
Mai nessuno mi diede una spiegazione.

“Let me be clear, in no way do I think John McCain’s campaign was being racist, ‘” Obama said.
“Intendiamoci, mai ho pensato che la campagna di John McCain fosse razzista” disse Obama.

On no account will you be asked to transmit these data or personal data such as name, address or account number by e-mail.
Per nessuna ragione al mondo ti verra’ chiesto di trasmettere questi dati o dati personali quali nome, indirizzo, numero di conto per e-mail.

Approfondimenti

Per ribadire il concetto e per una migliore comprensione della lezione ecco alcune Negative Inversions classificate a seconda della frase che le introduce…

In no way

In no way could this person be considered a man.
Non c’è verso che questa persona potesse essere considerata un uomo.

In no way was I making fun of any ethnicity.

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In no way am I blaming the military for anything.

Little

Little did he suspect that this would have been one of the greatest mistakes he ever did in his life.

Little does he suspect that I could solve his problem with a word.

Little could I know that all the time, it was not me he desired, but my sister!

Never before

Never before do I remember seeing a meteor.

Never before have I been so moved by a play.

Never before had he imagined the world to be so big.

Never again

Never again will I knock on your door.

Never again will you let me down.

Never again am I buying anything form this brand.

No sooner… than

No sooner had we landed, than I was given the happy news.

No sooner does man discover intelligence than he tries to involve it in his own stupidity.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

No sooner will you press ENTER than service information will begin to fill the screen.

Nothing, not for nothing

Nothing do I love more than lying on my bed.

“What did you see looking through the keyhole?” “Nothing did I see.”

Not for nothing have I got a brother-in-law who cooks professionally.

Not until

Not until does Scully actually find Mulder “dead” does she start to accept the fact that he is dead.

Not until do people lose their health they know the value of it.

Not until can you prove to me.

Not only… but also…

Not only is gender discrimination emphatically declared to be against the law, but also other distinctions such as … are considered illegal.

Not only do people use it incorrectly, but also some people use it too often.

Not only do I like pizza, but I like lasagna, too.

Nowhere

Nowhere will you find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.

Nowhere will I find a friend so true.

Nowhere would I dream of raising an objection to that so I’m not sure where you got that idea from.

Rarely

Rarely do I repeat mistakes.

Rarely does a bad attitude solve the problem.

Rarely did he raise his voice. He was a patient man.

Hardly

Hardly had we arrived home when we heard the shocking news.
Eravamo appena arrivati a casa quando abbiamo saputo della notizia scioccante.

Hardly had I reached the station when the train came.
Avevo appena raggiunto la stazione quando il treno arrivò.

Hardly had I arrived home when my phone rang.
Ero appena arrivato a casa quando squillò il telefono.

Barely… when

Barely had I opened my book when my neighbour put on some music at full blast.
Avevo appena aperto il mio libro quando il mio vicino mise della musica a piena potenza.

Only if

Only if we invest more money can we save the company from the crisis.
Solo se investiremo più soldi riusciremo a salvare la compagnia dalla crisi.

Not Since

Not since I was child have I had such a great time.
E’ da quando ero bambino che non mi divertivo così tanto.

Pubblicata con tanto ❤️ il da Jonathan.

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