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    Default Sentence rewriten

    Sorry, but my teacher gave me an exercise:
    Immediately after his arrival things went wrong
    Rewrite it, start with "Hardly"

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    we don't do your homework for you!

    try using past perfect:

    Hardly had he.....

    good luck

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    Ah, nah, that's not the homework. I knew what he had corrected but just want to know what your ideas are. Because there's something I not understand in his correction, but that's day the time's run out. So that's why I have to ask you guy. B/c this Friday here comes my test!
    Last edited by Belly T; 23-Nov-2006 at 03:58.

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    Akay, if you guys don't believe me. I'll show you the correction:
    Hardly had he arrived when things went wrong
    I don't know why whe here to use " when"
    Thanks JSmiley, it's mistype :D
    Last edited by Belly T; 23-Nov-2006 at 04:26.

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    oh... okay then:

    'hardly had he arrived when things went wrong."

    hardly had he arrived ....
    ... is past perfect, meaning it talks about a specific point in the past. We use the word 'when' to reference that specific time and connect it to things going wrong.

    Q:When did things go wrong?
    A:Hardly a moment after he arrived!

    hope that helps.

    here's a sentence with a parrallel form:

    Big, sweet grapes are what I like.

    EDIT/WONDERING: would I be correct in calling this a 'rhetorical' form?

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    Okay, and how about this:
    He got down to writting the letter as soon as he returned from his walk
    Here is my job:
    ->No sooner did he return from his walk than he got down to writing
    Ah, I though it was wrong b/c "No sooner" often goes with Past perfect, doesn't it?

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    Default Re: Sentence rewriten

    Well, I personally would probably say:

    No sooner had he got home than he started writing the letter.

    Which means I would probably use the past perfect, but both are okay, I think. Hehehehe, thats a pretty tricky bit that I never thought about, even though I use it sometimes. AFAIK, "no sooner" is not tied to any tense, except that, being a comparison, you must use 'than' with it.

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