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    Question Vainly

    1- How can I start a sentence with : Vainly
    2- Is this a proper form : Hardly did I arrive when...
    Or : Hardly had I ..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. A.Y View Post
    1- How can I start a sentence with : Vainly
    2- Is this a proper form : Hardly did I arrive when...
    Or : Hardly had I ..........
    Regardssssssssssss
    Vainly, she looked in the mirror every 5 seconds. (This is somewhat awkward.) Better to say: She was vain. She looked in the mirror every 5 seconds.

    The second one: I had just arrived, when,... OR
    I had been there one minute when...

    Starting a sentence with hardly or vainly doesn't sound natural to me.
    I'm a native speaker, but not a teacher.
    vb

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    Default Re: Vainly

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. A.Y View Post
    1- How can I start a sentence with : Vainly
    2- Is this a proper form : Hardly did I arrive when...
    Or : Hardly had I ..........
    Regardssssssssssss
    I've never seen a sentence with Vainly.
    Time expressions such as hardly, barely, scarcely, no sooner, refer to an event which quickly follows another. They are usually used with past perfect, although no sooner can be used with past simple.

    Hardly had the train left the station, when there was an explosion.

    Scarcely had I entered the room when the phone rang.

    No sooner had I reached the door than I realized it was locked.

    No sooner was the team back on the pitch than it started raining.

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    Default Re: Vainly

    Vainly, they went to the station to catch the train. It had left two minutes early.


    Here "vainly" has the meaning of "to no purpose, in vain", and has nothing to do with vanity.

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