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    2 questions

    1)
    Hardly ... when or Hardly... than?
    This is what I found in Oxford dictionary:
    Hardly had she spoken than she regretted it bitterly.
    Hardly had we arrived than the problems started.
    But they also say:
    Hardly/Scarcely had we sat down at the table, when the phone rang. Note that you usually use when in these sentences, not than
    Help! I'm at a loss

    2) a very cheerful an energetic woman, Joyce's always first to sign up when there's work to be done
    Why not the first but first?

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    Re: 2 questions

    Hardly ... when or Hardly... than?
    This is what I found in Oxford dictionary:
    Hardly had she spoken than she regretted it bitterly.
    Hardly had we arrived than the problems started.
    But they also say:
    Hardly/Scarcely had we sat down at the table, when the phone rang. Note that you usually use when in these sentences, not than


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    Did you copy the word correctly? I thought 'than' (used for comparison) should be 'then'(at that time) A conjunction (as/but/because/when etc) is required to connect the two clauses. 'When' is more appropriate.


    2) a very cheerful an energetic woman, Joyce's always first to sign up when there's work to be done
    Why not the first but first?

    Joyce is always the first
    Last edited by tedtmc; 04-Jun-2008 at 05:19.

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    Re: 2 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Hardly ... when or Hardly... than?
    This is what I found in Oxford dictionary:
    Hardly had she spoken than she regretted it bitterly.
    Hardly had we arrived than the problems started.
    But they also say:
    Hardly/Scarcely had we sat down at the table, when the phone rang. Note that you usually use when in these sentences, not than


    not a teacher

    Did you copy the word correctly? I thought 'than' (used for comparison) should be 'then'(at that time) A conjunction (as/but/because/when etc) is required to connect the two clauses. 'When' is more appropriate.

    2) a very cheerful an energetic woman, Joyce's always first to sign up when there's work to be done
    Why not the first but first?

    Joyce is always the first
    When 'first' is used as an adverb,the is omitted.Where did you meet him first?
    She is always first in her class.
    Hardly had he recovered from influenza when he developed measles.
    Not than.
    No sooner had he recovered from influenza than he developed measles.
    Regards,
    rj1948.
    Last edited by rj1948; 04-Jun-2008 at 06:15.


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    Re: 2 questions

    I coppied correctly

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    Re: 2 questions

    She is always first in her class. correct
    She is always the first one to answer the teacher's questions. also correct

    No sooner had he recovered from influenza than he developed measles.
    doesn't sound like a complete sentence to me.

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