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    what tense will use after no sooner had.what will be te tense of other part of the sentence?what about scarcely had?

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    Re: no sooner had

    I will give you some sample sentences (you should have supplied them so we could answer the question)


    He no sooner had planted the garden when it rained.

    He scarcely had enough money to buy lunch.

    Now, what is your question?

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    Re: no sooner had

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    what tense will use after no sooner had.what will be te tense of other part of the sentence?what about scarcely had?
    'Had' is actually the first past of the past perfect tense, so you have to finish that, then use the simple past.

    No sooner had he planted the garden, when it rained.
    [He had planted the garden (past perfect)] then [it rained (simple past)]

    Scarcely had he bought new tyres, when he had a blow out. (Same as above).

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    Re: no sooner had

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    what tense will use after no sooner had.what will be te tense of other part of the sentence?what about scarcely had?
    No sooner ~ than is a two-part adverb that should be tied up together as a set grammatically. However, than is quite commonly replaced by when, then or even omitted at all. (I'm not judging but that's the way it is.)

    Coming back to your question, either past or past perfect is OK with no sooner (I prefer past perfect though), but with scarcely/hardly/barely only past perfect is acceptable to my knowledge.

    No sooner had he arrived than he left.
    No sooner did he arrive than he left.
    Scarcely had he arrived when he left.

    Hope it helped.

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