inversion after 'well-known'

Kirusha

Senior Member
I wonder if someone could tell me whether the following sentence is correct:

"Well-known are the events of that fateful day."

I know that inversion works with little/less:

Less well-known are the events...
Little known are the events...

but what about the sentence above?
 
  • Franco-filly

    Senior Member
    English - Southern England
    It is not incorrect but very literary.

    "Little known are the events.." sounds strange to my ears. I would expect "Little is known of the events..." but that changes the meaning slightly.:rolleyes:
     

    natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    The inversion is only required in today's English for fronting negative words like never, hardly, seldom or little.

    Little did they know what was to come.

    This is not the case for your sentence. As it is, your sentence sounds a bit stilted in today's English, but you might well encounter a similar sentence in an older text. Perhaps someone could say that if they wanted to be very dramatic.
     
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