Hello, Rachel and Richard:

Is the inversion in "than was I myself" something usual in such contexts?

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... I had always thought of Templer as a far closer and more established crony of Stringham's than was I myself; and it had never crossed my mind that Stringham might share all the want of confidence that, at least in the earlier stages of our acquaintance, I had sometimes felt towards Templer.

Anthony Powell, A Dance to the Music of Time, p. 44
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Thanks.
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Yes, this kind of inversion is possible, especially in older writing.

It's not used very often.

Garner would probably consider this instance of inversion 'precocious.' He actually states:

  • Inversions are probably intended to signal emphasis, but in fact they often convey precosity...

    The particular example you post, Jerry, does not seem so bad to me; nevertheless, it could be said just as well without the inversion.
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