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    1)Which sentence is more common in everyday English?
    - I no sooner had arrived home than the telephone rang
    - No sooner had I arrived home than the telephone rang

    2) Is this expression commonly used in the present tense. Like:
    - I no sooner get home than Ive got to take a hot shower (or I take a shower)

    3)Does this last sentence have the same meaning as As soon as I get home I take a shower?

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    - I no sooner had arrived home than the telephone rang- The word order doesn't really work here. The second example works, but because of the inversion it's not something you'll find used much in everyday informal language; the final version with 'as soon as' is more the sort of thing you'll hear in everyday usage.

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    sorry, I meant: I had no sooner arrived home than the telephone rang... Ignore the sentence you said was wrong...

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    Default Re: no sooner... than

    Though inversion is usually seen as a feature of formal language, it occurs elsewhere; to add emphasis, for instance, which means that some people will use inverted forms in fairly casual speech, though plenty of others don't.

    To be honest, if I were working up the energy to use the form, I probably would invert it too.

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    Default Re: no sooner... than

    Thanks, Tdol. Actually, Im beginning to teach English here in Rio, and I dont really mean to use some not common expressions, but I have to know and understand them, and consequently, be able to teach them. Thats why I may seem fussy sometimes. But I do have to know how to use them.... Sometimes I come across these expressions reading the books I teach.... Youve been helping me a lot.

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