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    #1

    Hardly...when/before;No sooner...than


    Are these three expressions only used with a past perfect tense or can they be used with a past tense too?

    1 He had hardly sat down when they knocked on the door.
    He hardly sat down when they knocked on the door.

    2 He hardly sat down before they knocked on the door.
    He had hardly sat down before...

    3 He had no sooner sat down than they knocked on the door.
    He no sooner sat down...


    Thanks in advance,

    Sanja


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    Re: Hardly...when/before;No sooner...than

    They can be used with the past.

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