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    No sooner had I ......

    Hi.I saw the following sentence in a web site and I didn't understand why 'had' was used before subject.Can you please explain it?

    No sooner had I started to swim then it began to rain.

    I know that auxiliary verb comes after subject so this sentence must be 'No sooner I had started to swim then it began to rain'

    Is my sentence correct?

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    Re: No sooner had I ......

    No. The original sentence is correct if you change "then" to "than". Sentences that start with an adverbial phrase, often require a subject auxiliary verb inversion.

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    Re: No sooner had I ......

    You could also say:

    As soon as I started to swim it began to rain.

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