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    #1

    scarcely

    Can we use Past Simple with words like scarcely,hardly and no sooner?

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    Re: scarcely

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Can we use Past Simple with words like scarcely,hardly and no sooner?
    Yes.

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    Re: scarcely

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes.
    Are these two correct?

    "He hardly went to bed when somebody knocked on the door."

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    Hardly did he go to bed when somebody knocked on the door."

    Can we put hardly at the begining of a sentence?

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    Re: scarcely

    Neither of those sentences works for me- I would use Hardly had he gone to bed.... I'd use hardly/scarcely with the past simple for things like They hardly spoke during the meeting.

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