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  • žIt is a literary technique in which the normal order of words is reversed, generally for emphasis or special effect.
  • žIt makes a sentence sound striking or unusual.
  • žIt also sounds quite formal. Sentences with inversion are less common in ordinary English.

If you are a fan of The Big Bang Theory, you surely noticed Sheldon’s use (and abuse) of inversions. Here’s a link on one of his inversions with ‘nor’.

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