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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The rule is not that random. Whenever you have a negative phrase start your sentence, you invert.

    Scarcely had I started when...
    Never will you find...
    Rarely had he seen...
    Not only is this...

    "No sooner had I begun to make small comments on their dysfunctional patterns than Jed blurted out his displeasure to me."

    Is no sooner a negative phrase? I ask you this question since the subject and verb being reversed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post

    "No sooner had I begun to make small comments on their dysfunctional patterns than Jed blurted out his displeasure to me."

    Is no sooner a negative phrase? I ask you this question since the subject and verb being reversed.

    I am not familiar with the thread you are quoting from. Please provide a link to it.

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    Here is the link that you are asking for: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...lso-could.html - post #4

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    Default Re: "No sooner had I begun ..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Is no sooner a negative phrase? I ask you this question since the subject and verb being reversed.
    No. No sooner had... than is a set phrase.

    6 no sooner had/did ... than used to say that something happened almost immediately after something else : No sooner had he sat down than the phone rang.
    (Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I am not familiar with the thread you are quoting from. Please provide a link to it.
    If you click on that blue icon next to Barb_D, you will be redirected to the thread. It's a feature I discovered some time ago.

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    Default Re: "No sooner had I begun ..."

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    No. No sooner had... than is a set phrase.
    In the sense that Barb used it, it is a negative phrase/expression.

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