Inverted subject+verb order

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Twilight
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Inverted subject+verb order

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Ciao! I found this example phrase from the "bbc learning english" website:
In no way will I agree to sharing an office with Ben

There are other phrases in which the order of the subject and the verb is inverted although it isn't a question (I've seen "has+subject+pparticiple).

Why is it correct? What's the difference with "in no way I will agree to sharing an office with Ben" ?

Thank you 8)
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Ehi Twilight, domani grande uscita, vai a vedere il film ? :)
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uhauhauhauh no! Il Twilight a cui i ispira il mio nick è questo
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Claudietto

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Re: Inverted subject+verb order

Post by Geoff »

Twilight wrote:Ciao! I found this example phrase from the "bbc learning english" website:
In no way will I agree to sharing an office with Ben

There are other phrases in which the order of the subject and the verb is inverted although it isn't a question (I've seen "has+subject+pparticiple).

Why is it correct? What's the difference with "in no way I will agree to sharing an office with Ben" ?

Thank you 8)
It is done for emphasis. It stresses the absolute certainty that you will not agree.

The alternative "in no way I will agree to sharing an office with Ben" does not sound right. I can't supply a reason in terms of grammatical rules but I would instead say "there is no way I will agree ...".
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Post by Peter »

Claudietto

Like Geoff I am uncertain about the grammar rules here, but having done one or two checks, it seems that in no way is considered an adverbial phrase (frase avverbiale?), and as such I do not think it can be followed immediately by the subject pronoun (I). As Geoff says, in no way I will agree... does not sound correct; indeed it sounds totally wrong! :)

I agree with what Geoff has said about emphasis and also his alternative wording.
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Post by Twilight »

Ok, grazie per la risposta! I've seen this emphatic form elsewhere, maybe in some fiction books
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