Inversions in English
In English, inversions are used in formal writing and are very easy to use.
Their most typical usage is to replace if in conditional structures.
The structure is very simple, and writing an inversion very easy.
Typical structure – subject + aux. + verb
Inversion – aux. + subj. + verb
If I had known Ricardo was stupid I wouldn’t have married him.
Had I known Ricardo was stupid I wouldn’t have married him.
If she studied she would pass the exam.
Were she to study she would pass the exam.
We also use inversions with certain words such as seldom, rarely, never, hardly, scarcely, etc.
She had seldom seen such a handsome man.
Seldom had she seen such a handsome man.
Using inversions is so simple, there really is no excuse not to use them in a report, formal essay, etc. Try them.