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    I'm wrong :)) The correct answer is than
    And this is the explaination:
    Because sooner in no sooner is a comparative adverb like better in no better, the expression should be followed by than, not then: No sooner had she come than the maid knocked. I had no sooner left than she called.
    § 216. no sooner than / no sooner when. 3. Word Choice. The American Heritage Book of English Usage. 1996

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    I think 'that' sounds better than any of the choices. To be honest, I've been using 'that' for these sort of sentences. Is that permissible?

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    It is a comparative- no sooner than- though the distance between the words causes a lot of confusion.

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    Hi!


    I really don't understand what is no sooner ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I seriously think it's time to strip you of your Proficiency certificate.
    what is "strip of"
    just a wonder ;)

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    It means to take something from someone because they have done something wrong.

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    I think it is than...because it is structure...no sooner...than...see you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It means to take something from someone because they have done something wrong.
    that means "to deprive" then.
    thanks :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by caskrishna View Post
    Hi,

    I have a question about "no sooner...than". My apologies if this has already been discussed.

    1. I had no sooner closed the door than somebody knocked.
    2. We had no sooner sat down in the train than I felt sick.

    Could I interpret the above sentences as follows?

    3. Immediately after somebody knocked the door, I closed the door.
    4. Immediately after I felt sick, we sat down in the train.

    Thanks for your help.
    CAS.
    It's quite the opposite, actually. This matter, however, has already been covered on page 2 of this thread.

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    [quote=Casiopea;8900]set phrase: no sooner...than

    '-er' is a comparative marker that takes 'than'

    Thank you so much for the information

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