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    Hardly ... when/before or no sooner than used with simple past and simple present

    Hello!

    I understand that the use of Hardly ... when/before or no sooner than does not always involve using inversion.

    For example:

    No sooner did I enter my flat than someone knocked at the door.

    BUT WHEN THERE IS NO INVERSION, I WOULD TEND TO SAY:

    I no sooner entered my flat than someone knocked at the door. INSTEAD OF I did no sooner enter my flat than someone knocked at the door.

    I think the same applies to hardly ... when/before structure.

    For example:

    Hardly do I sit down eat the table to eat dinner when/before our cat starts begging me for some food.

    BUT WHEN THERE IS NO INVERSION, I WOULD TEND TO SAY:

    I hardly sit down at the table to eat dinner when/before our cat starts begging me for some food. RATHER THAN I do hardly sit down at the table to eat dinner when/before our cat starts begging me for some food.

    What do you think of my not necessarily proper conclusions?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Hardly ... when/before or no sooner than used with simple past and simple present

    Try:

    As soon as I sit down at the table to eat dinner my cat starts begging me for food.

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    Re: Hardly ... when/before or no sooner than used with simple past and simple present

    No sooner and hardly behave differently. No sooner is followed by did or had, with inversion. Hardly may once have been used this way but it isn't anymore. Don't write Hardly do I sit down. Use the non-inverted form.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Hardly ... when/before or no sooner than used with simple past and simple present

    Some of us hardly ever use "hardly".

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