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Rarely, (do) we miss an opportunity to celebrate a birthday.

1) Rarely, do we miss an opportunity to celebrate a birthday.
2) Rarely, we miss an opportunity to celebrate a birthday.

Why is the first clause correct?
Would you give some more examples of this grammar construction?

For learning: English
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    This is called Negative Inversion. It is caused when we rearrange a sentence to begin with the negative, in order to add emphasis to the negative. Of course we could say "We rarely miss an opportunity to celebrate a birthday". But if we want the sentence to sound stronger, we move the negative to the front and then we need to add the helper verb, question order. Do not add the comma as in your examples.
    Never had I seen such excitement.
    Only once did I tell her the truth.
    Hardly ever did I sleep so much.
    Seldom does he do his homework.
    etc...

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