often have I wandered [often +inversion]


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does use of adverb "often" at the beginning of a sentence imply inverted word order such as in the following examples?

"Not only do many tourists and students shop there..."
"No longer are you restricted to one language with its inherent limitations."

I came across this sentence: "Often have I wandered in these gardens ...". I understand the sentence was written by one of Gordon Byron's fans, which means in the early 19th century. Is this an anachronism or is "often" one of the expressions which requires question-like word order.

Thank you.
  • cyberpedant

    Senior Member
    English USA, Northeast, NYC
    It's not an "anachronism," as it was perfectly common at the time it was written. It might be considered a bit "precious" today, but would be quite acceptable in a literary context. Inversion is neither unacceptable nor necessary.
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