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    This is an article about a cat that can climb the wall like a spider.

    So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants back in

    It is difficult to understand the blue. It is complicated. I guess it means the cat wants back in soon after she is let out. Am I right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodsogi View Post
    This is an article about a cat that can climb the wall like a spider.

    So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants back in

    It is difficult to understand the blue. It is complicated. I guess it means the cat wants back in soon after she is let out. Am I right?
    You are right, but not just soon after, (almost) immediately after.

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    http://www.learnersdictionary.com/search/soon
    I had no sooner walked through the door when the phone rang. = No sooner did I walk through the door than the phone rang.
    [=the phone rang immediately after I walked through the door]

    I hope this helps.

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    interesting question, it's the very fisrt time I see such kind of construction. If the teachers have not replied the thread I'd bet the sentence is wrong!

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    'So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants back in' is the American way of saying this sentence.

    'So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants to come back in' is the British way of saying this sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandada View Post
    'So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants back in' is the American way of saying this sentence.

    'So we let him out but no sooner is he let out than he wants to come back in' is the British way of saying this sentence.
    Haha... explains a lot.

    Thank you grandada

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