Negative inversion

Un’altro modo per dare enfasi alle frasi 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
Nowhere will you find a better place to relax
Nothing do I love more then reading before going to sleep
Not until the 1990′s did he discover the perfect vehicle for his revolution
Rarely do you see women wearing fancy hats to parties or other gatherings

In alcuni schemi

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.
Little did I know that love would bring you to my door.

Dopo alcune espressioni con Only e No

Only when you accept that you need proper exercise will you achieve weight loss success.
Not only do you burn calories while exercising, but also your metabolism increases…
At no time was I given any explanation. 
“Let me be clear, in no way do I think John McCain’s campaign was being racist,’” Obama said.
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 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.
In no way was I making fun of any ethnicity
In no way am I blaming the military for anything.


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 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 do I repeat mistakes.
Rarely does a bad attitude solve the problem.
Rarely did he raise his voice. He was a patient man.