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    No sooner

    Why?

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    I think it is because than serves as an adverb in that sentence. However, then would be a conjunction.

    Or not.

    :wink:

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    Re: No sooner

    wouldn't be "then" for time??? the bloke had arrived then, after his arrival, etc.. etc..????
    thanks

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    Re: No sooner

    Quote Originally Posted by italianbrother
    wouldn't be "then" for time??? the bloke had arrived then, after his arrival, etc.. etc..????
    thanks
    It is a common error to confuse then and than. We would use then like this:

    • I arrived. Then I noticed what was wrong.


    :)

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    Re: No sooner

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why?
    set phrase: no sooner...than

    '-er' is a comparative marker that takes 'than'

    big
    bigger than
    no bigger than

    :D

    funnage

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    Re: No sooner

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why?
    set phrase: no sooner...than

    '-er' is a comparative marker that takes 'than'

    big
    bigger than
    no bigger than

    :D

    funnage
    I didn't think of the comparative marker thing.

    :wink:

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    Re: No sooner

    I didn't think of the comparative marker thing :wink:
    Naw, but you're the one who got the '..pay..when..' thingamajig.

    Still da masta, RonBee. Still da masta ":D" (That's me bowing)

    :D

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    Re: No sooner

    Quote Originally Posted by italianbrother
    wouldn't be "then" for time??? the bloke had arrived then, after his arrival, etc.. etc..????
    thanks
    I seriously think it's time to strip you of your Proficiency certificate.

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    Re: No sooner

    Thank you Cassiopea:)

    i quite like the way you explained it:

    "set phrase: no sooner...than"

    some one else also has, also, tried ittime after time but...
    promise will remember it from now on.

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    Re: No sooner

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I seriously think it's time to strip you of your Proficiency certificate.
    Errr... How would you like me to send it to ya??? Via attachment??)
    You Are right though!!
    Last edited by RonBee; 13-Dec-2008 at 03:01. Reason: fix quote

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