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    Hello, Anyone There???

    Hello to all

    What is correct?(and why is very Important!)
    I'm talking to the director of Wall Street Institute for English on Friday.


    No sooner had I opened my front door ... that something was wrong.

    did i realize
    than i realized

    (fill in the dots)


    And one more

    Sorry you didn't find me at home. ... out to do some shopping.

    I've gone
    I'd gone

    I failed on both. But i am 999 million percent sure (don't know why) that 'did i realize' is correct.Just can't explain it.
    And 'I've gone' is correct because i left a note.(or not?)

    Cheers
    Donald

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    Re: Hello, Anyone There???

    Dear Donald,

    First of all, please remember: patience is a virtue.

    Secondly, in your first example, I would say "No sooner had I opened my front door that I realized something was wrong."

    Sorry you didn't find me at home, I'd gone out to do some shopping.

    If you'd left this message in the form of a note for someone you were expecting to visit, you would have probably phrased it: "Sorry I'm not at home, I had to go out to do some shopping."

    Hope this helps you somewhat.

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    Re: Hello, Anyone There???

    Hi

    Sorry Ouisch but the phrase is "no sooner ..than".

    Otherwise you are right , especially regarding Donald`s patience.


    Keep in touch,

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    Re: Hello, Anyone There???

    Quote Originally Posted by dalfred View Post
    Hello to all
    What is correct?(and why is very Important!)
    I'm talking to the director of Wall Street Institute for English on Friday.
    No sooner had I opened my front door ... that something was wrong.
    did i realize
    than i realized
    (fill in the dots)
    And one more
    Sorry you didn't find me at home. ... out to do some shopping.
    I've gone
    I'd gone
    I failed on both. But i am 999 million percent sure (don't know why) that 'did i realize' is correct.Just can't explain it.
    And 'I've gone' is correct because i left a note.(or not?)
    Cheers
    Donald


    Hi Donald

    Don`t get angry with us, please ! If you posted a short message or question [one at a time] you would surely get answers more quickly. Otherwise, being a large answer , we have to think it over and give the necessary explanations and examples so that you can understand the problem .

    1. I`m talking to the director... [this is a plan] - it is correct because you have already planned an appointment with the director
    I`ll talk to the director of Wall Street English Institute on Friday.[ promise or possible future fact]
    I`m going to talk to the director of ...........[plan or intention]

    2. The correct sentence is:

    No sooner had I opened my front door than I realized that something was wrong.
    No sooner........than...

    No sooner had I reached home than I realized that my entrance door was broken.

    This is called inversion.
    Inversion is used to give emphasis or to be rhetorical in more formal situations, on the news, in political speeches and also in literature.
    Some native speakers may also use it occasionally. No sooner ...than is used to refer to an event that quickly follows another. It is usually used with the past perfect,but sometimes with the simple past.

    e.g. No sooner had I reached the door than I realised it was locked.
    No sooner did I reach the door than I realised it was locked.

    You can use "did I realise" after phrases like : only after, only then, little etc.
    e.g. Only after the film started did I realise that I had seen it before.
    Only then did I realise that my flat had been broken into.
    Little did I realise that he was a compulsive liar.
    You can`t use inversion twice in the same sentence [ did I realize is not correct in this context]. The phrase "no sooner " is always followed by "than".

    Regards,

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