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    Default Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    The couple …….. the house when they ……… to quarrel.

    a)had scarcely entered /begun
    b)scarcely entered/had begun
    c)scarcely entered/began (Answer Key)
    d)had scarcely entered/had begun

    Hello teachers,
    I found this test in a PDF in my computer. Unfortunately I don't have the source, I think it was once written in
    one of my textbooks. I have some doubt on other options. I mean it's a little tricky test. Can a, b, or d fits well in
    the test or not?

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    Couldn't find a thread related to my question.)

    No source
    Many thanks in advance

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    The couple …….. the house when they ……… to quarrel.

    a)had scarcely entered /begun
    b)scarcely entered/had begun
    c)scarcely entered/began (Answer Key)
    d)had scarcely entered/had begun

    Hello teachers,
    I found this test in a PDF in my computer. Unfortunately I don't have the source, I think it was once written in
    one of my textbooks. I have some doubt on other options. I mean it's a little tricky test. Can a, b, or d fits well in
    the test or not?

    (I searched for it in the forum but
    Couldn't find a thread related to my question.)

    No source
    Many thanks in advance
    I don't think any of the options are very natural, although a case could be made for d). I would prefer, "The couple had scarcely entered the house when they began to quarrel".

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Thank you. This is my last question: The pronoun "they" refers to "the couple" or "neighbors"?

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    No neighbours (BrE) have been mentioned.

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Hello again dear all,
    A few minutes ago, in another forum I asked the same question but they told me that the all options are incorrect.
    He/she told me: "Any sentence which says "They scarcely entered..." without the verb 'to have' is wrong. One cannot 'scarsely' do anything. 'They had scarcely entered..." is correct, but it has to be followed by 'began' - you cannot say 'they begun', it has to be 'they began'.
    If you click here you will see his response: Multiple choice option (scarcely) - WordReference Forums

    Do you agree with him?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Yes. Bhai's version is best (post #2).

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Now I got it.

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    But I found an example in Longman Dictionary which has used "Scarcely" without "to have."
    But he said "scarcely" is used with "to have"

    This is the sentence: He scarcely ever left the region. (Longman Dictionary)
    So why in Longman Dictionary "Scarcely" has been used without "to have"?
    Isn't it incorrect?

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    That is not 'he scarcely left'. It's 'He scarcely ever left'.

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    Default Re: Multiple choice option (scarcely)

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That is not 'he scarcely left'. It's 'He scarcely ever left'.
    Thank you very much 5JJ. Now I completely understood it.
    So, "Scarcely" by itself can not be used alone. Right?
    Have look at my self made examples please:

    I scarcely understood the issue.
    I scarcely overcame the problem.

    So, my self made examples are incorrect. Right?

    Thank you very much.

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