Adding Emphasis – Inversions

Use an appropriate word to complete the following inversions:

  1. No sooner …………………… the firemen extinguished one forest fire than another started.
  2. Never before ……………….. i been so petrified as when i did a parachute jump.
  3. I suspect that only much later from now ………………we find out the cause of the explosion.
  4. Little …………….. we know at the moment where the ability to clone humans might lead.
  5. Under no circumstances ……………………….passengers permitted to smoke on the flight.
  6. At no time ………………… you leave your luggage unattended at airports.
  7. Rarely …………………. anyone have witnessed such an amazing sight as the view from space.
  8. Not until they were sure that everyone was safe ………………. the soldiers leave the building.

Which words or phrases make the sentences emphatic?

Now say the sentences without adding emphasis

 

Correct the errors in the following sentences:

  1. Scarcely the band had announced their world tour when they were forced to cancel it.
  2. The planet not only is becoming polluted but is getting warmer too.
  3. In no way the lorry driver was to blame for the crash.
  4. No sooner the prince arrived in the ski resort than he was besieged by reporters.
  5. Little Shakespeare’s contemporaries can have guessed how enduring his plays would prove to be.
  6. Nowhere in the world they serve such delicious foods in Italy.
  7. Not until a few years ago anyone knew about the existence of the buried treasure.
  8. Botanists only by chance discovered the rare plant growing under a rock.

 

Rewrite the following sentences using the emphatic structures from the previous task:

  1. We drove off to the coast and got a puncture almost immediately.
  2. I couldn’t find a pencil anywhere in the house.
  3. They’d only just got to the summit when a thick fog descended.
  4. The flat is damp and draughty as well.
  5. It’s only recently that we found out his true identity.
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