Wednesday, November 6, 2019
No Sooner Than (Not When)
No Sooner Than (Not When) No Sooner Than (Not When) No Sooner Than (Not When) By Maeve Maddox Maeve, how about no sooner had she than, or no sooner had she when. Im always confused about that. Judging from frequent questions about this usage on various internet grammar sites, its a concern shared by many writers. Interestingly, when I tried to find online examples of no soonerÃ¢â¬ ¦when, I found only one: She just knew that she was going to be very happy here, but no sooner had she thought this, when a dark shadow fell upon her. a childrens story No soonerÃ¢â¬ ¦than is a two-part comparative adverb. According to the American HeritageÃ ® Book of English Usage (1996): Because the sooner in no sooner is a comparative adverb like better in no better, the expression should be followed by than, not when: No sooner had she come than the maid knocked. I had no sooner left than she called. My search did turn up several odd incomplete uses of no soonerÃ¢â¬ ¦missing its obligatory than: So no sooner had he touched her, and begun to dally, she caught his hands, and spoke roughly to him, bidding him go away, as she did not want him. Translation of a Buddhist story No sooner had she committed to hunkering down in Alaska to get back to work, the Last Frontiers rogue governor, Sarah Palin, is headed back to the campaign trail againÃ¢â¬ ¦ The Huffington Post I also found one example in which than is incorrectly rendered then, but that could have been a typo: But, no sooner had she hit rock bottom then she bounced back up again. Obit of Jade Goody in Telegraph Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily! Keep learning! Browse the Grammar category, check our popular posts, or choose a related post below:"Based in" and "based out of"Using the Active Voice to Strengthen Your WritingHow often is "bimonthly"?