Seldom have I been to the fair
“Seldom” can be used as a Negative Adverbial. And, the Negative Adverbial “seldom” causes a sentence to have an impact. It makes the sentence come across as more striking and surprising.
Here’s an example:
“Seldom have I been to a fair.”
By saying this, the speaker is using the Negative Adverbial “seldom” to say that they rarely go to fairs.
A bit about grammar
What is the simplest way to use the Negative Adverbial seldom?
Notice the structure of the sentence, it’s simply a fill-in-the-blank construct. Visualized, it looks like this:
Seldom have I ______ a _____.
Here are a few examples of a Negative Adverbial “seldom” fill-in-the-blank.
Be aware of the article “a.” It must be placed before any Noun that could be one of many.
Examples of the Adverbial seldom
Seldom do I visit him in the hospital.
Seldom do we have relatives over for a drink?
Seldom have we seen Jose in the classroom since he enrolled for this semester.
Q1: Convert the sentence “We are seldom disappointed” to a sentence with inversion.
Answer: Seldom are we disappointed.
Q2: Try making your own sentence.
Q3: Seldom do we remember how important history is to build a nation. Do you believe history is something we should know? Explain.
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