Friday, April 28, 2017

Inversion

The normal word order for a sentence is a subject followed by a noun.
Inversion places a verb before its subject. It is used most often in questions.
When a question word (such as what or how) is used in the middle of a statement, the subject and verb of the clause that follows is not usually inverted. Inversion can be used for special emphasis or meter, but this is done sparingly.

Incorrect:
Dad asked what was the problem.

Correct:
Dad asked what the problem was.

Incorrect:
Excuse me, do you know what time is it?

Correct:
Excuse me, do you know what time it is?

Incorrect:
I know who is your teacher.

Correct:
I know who your teacher is.

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