Only when PRESENT SIMPLE + will INVERTED SUBJECT

Point 66 in FUTURE:

INVERSION present simple with ‘only when’ (followed by ‘will’ and inverted subject) to refer to the future.

A search on Google News:

  The Irish Times
Miriam Lord: Séamus the Dog beats Mary Lou to the hard questions
“And it seems now,” she insinuated, ” only when the pressure comes on you, Taoiseach, will you concede that this is necessary.”

A search in Ted corpus for:

only when * will {pr}

only when you really care will they leave their fears behind


This is an incredibly rare structure.

An iWeb search for:

only when _P _V

1 ONLY WHEN IT IS 3008

Then a check for ‘will’ in COCA results shows that finding ‘will’ is less than 10% and inversion does not exist.

1 2019 SPOK Fox_Baier

The bill states that officers will be able to use lethal force only when it is necessary, and if there are no other options.

74 1999 ACAD MusicEduc

Children will need more assistance, of course, but the teacher should provide help only when it is needed and stay out of the way when it is not.

 

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