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Inversion and word order

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The personal form (finite verb) is in second place in a sentence. Sometimes the subject then follows after the personal form. This is called inversion. No inversion:

  • De studenten gaan vanavond naar de bioscoop.

  • Ik koop morgen een nieuwe fiets.

  • Je kunt in Italië lekker eten.

Inversion:

  • Vanavond gaan de studenten naar de bioscoop.

  • Morgen koop ik een nieuwe fiets.

  • In Italië kun je lekker eten.

If you start the sentence with a different part than the subject, you must use inversion.