To be or not to be: that is the question.
Never before have we had so little time to do so much.
--美国前总统 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Plain: We sat on the cliffs by the sea, watching the sunset.
Interesting: On the cliffs by the sea we sat, watching the sunset.
Normal: The professor walked in.
Reversed: In walked the professor.
Normal: Jeremy scorned honest men.
Reversed: Honest men Jeremy scorned.
Normal: Although I am fond of my children, I hope they won’t grow up spoilt.
Reversed: Fond as I am of my children, I hope they won’t grow up spoilt
Normal: He never gave up certain habits of his youth, and one of them was that he liked to inspect his clothes thoroughly for wrinkles before he stepped out of the door.
Reversed: Certain habits of his youth he never gave up, and one of them was that he liked to inspect his clothes thoroughly for wrinkles before he stepped out of the door.
Normal: Stephen was a bungler then.
Reversed: A bungler Stephen was then.
Normal: We shall never feel secure.
Reversed/Interesting: Secure we shall never feel.
Normal: This is a lost generation.
Reversed: This is a generation lost.
Plain: The immense expanse of the Gobi Desert stretches before us.
Interesting: Before us stretched the immense expanse of the Gobi Desert.
Plain: He wasn’t cut out to be a peacetime officer. He wanted glory, he wanted the excitement of war. No one, except possibly himself, has ever doubted his physical courage (or any other kind of courage).
Interesting: He wasn’t cut out to be a peacetime officer. He wanted glory, he wanted the excitement of war. His physical courage (or any other kind of courage) no one, except possibly himself, has ever doubted.
Normal: Nobody knows why lands sink under the sea and rise again.
Reversed: Why lands sink under the sea and rise again nobody knows.
Normal: I dare not trust her.
Emphatic: Trust her I dare not.
Normal: I never thought he would return alive.
Emphatic: Never did I think he would return alive.
Loose: History has proved amply that mere numbers may be defeated by smaller forces who are superior in arms, organization, and morale.
Better: That mere numbers may be defeated by smaller forces who are superior in arms, organization, and morale history has amply proved.
Plain: I hate taxes and tax collectors equally.
Interesting: Taxes and tax collectors, I hate equally.
(宾语- 主语- 谓语)
Normal: This is more noticeable in Kaohsiung than anywhere else in Taiwan.
Emphatic: Nowhere in Taiwan is this so noticeable as in Kaohsiung.
Normal: Like most Irishmen, Samuel was quick-tempered.
Reversed: Samuel was quick-tempered, as are most Irishmen.
Normal: A man lay beside the road, waiting hopelessly for help.
Reversed: Waiting hopelessly for help, a man lay beside the road.
Plain: In the President’s office, there was a pale, thin, sandy-haired man in his early thirties with the President. He was wearing a rumpled suit and looking completely out of place.
Better: In the office with the President was a pale, thin, sandy-haired man in his early thirties, wearing a rumpled suit and looking completely out of place.
Strange as it may sound…
Little did I know...
To your right...; and to your left ... as in "To my right is a large a lake, partially hidden behind the hill.
Off we go...
Down with ... as in "Down with the Gang of Four."
Happy will be the day...
Reverse the sequence for effect
例 Wrong: Those who teach rarely get rich.
这个句子含义模糊，分辨不出是 "teach rarely" 还是 "rarely get rich?"
Reversed/ Correct:Rarely do those who teach get rich.
Reversed/Correct:Rarely do people get rich by teaching.
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