Inversion of subject and verb

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The normal order of words in a sentence is subject, verb and object. But sometimes certain adverbs are put first and then this order is inverted, and the verb comes before the subject.

Study the following sentences:

Inversion of adverb particles

Adverb particles (e.g. up, down, in, out, on, off, away and back ) are sometimes inverted for the sake of emphasis.

In the examples given above the subjects are all personal pronouns and they come between the particle and the verb. But if the subject is a noun or any pronoun other than a personal pronoun, it will come after the verb.

Sections in this article

Expressions without prepositions
Prepositions at the end of clauses
Prepositions: some useful points
Common prepositions: usage