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Inversion Of Subject And Verb

When the first word of the sentence is a negative, the main verb comes before the subject, as in a direct question. Common negative expressions are: never, hardly, no sooner, scarcely etc. Incorrect: Never...

Hardly … When

The expression — hardly — when/before — is used (often with a past perfect tense) to suggest that one thing happened very soon after another. I had hardly closed my eyes when the phone...