What type of grammar is applyed to following sentence?
Only when she was quite certain nothing was did she begin to clean herself.
--- Poppy chap.10 p.86
I couldn't read it and thought it is not usual sentence.
I agree that something is missing. It might just be an implied word or phrase.
The reader certainly needs to know that nothing was what? Obviously, there is some obstactle that might have prevented herself from cleaning herself. Maybe she is a cat. Before she could clean herself, she always looked around to make sure nothing was nearby that might interrupt her. If that was explained in the previous sentence, it should be clear.
Only when she was quite certain nothing was (nearby that might interrupt her) did she begin to clean herself.
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