AUXILIARY INVERSION

in grammar, this refers to the reversal of the usual order of subject and auxiliary verb in a declarative sentence. This creates a question so that, for example, The poodle is barking becomes: Is the poodle barking? Such constructions are of major interest in generative grammar and psycholinguistics areas. See also interrogative.

AUXILIARY INVERSION: "A person using an auxiliary inversion would change the sentence The dog is sitting, to Is the dog sitting?"
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AUXILIARY INVERSION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/auxiliary-inversion/ (accessed December 13, 2019).
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