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  1. Hi5
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    Question Please help

    Hi,

    Please advise whether which appropriate words should be chosen in the following sentences:

    a)No sooner / longer had he settled in his seat when the first few drops of rain began to fall.

    b)Just before New Year, the price of cakes goes / went up.

    Kindly also explain. Appreciate your assistance.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Please help

    What about your opinion?

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    Re: Please help

    Quote Originally Posted by Hi5 View Post
    Hi,

    Please advise whether which appropriate words should be chosen in the following sentences:

    a)No sooner had he settled in his seat than the first few drops of rain began to fall.

    I don't think there are grammar rules to explain sooner versus later. It's just an idiom: we say "no sooner had...," not "no later had...."

    b)Just before New Year, the price of cakes goes/went up. (If you mean last New Year, it's went. If you mean every New Year or the one coming up, then goes is correct.)

    This is about choice of tense. "Went" is simple past tense. "Goes" is simple present tense, but the meaning is more flexible and has more shades of meaning.

    Kindly also explain. Appreciate your assistance.

    Thanks.
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