Barszczow A. N. (orpheus_samhain) wrote in linguaphiles,
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ENGLISH: had scarcely become King than...

I wanted to ask if this construction has any name:

Francis had scarcely become King than he turned his eyes upon Italy, [...]

from the preface to the Heptameron by Margaret, Queen of Navarre.
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May 17 2014, 16:07:04 UTC 9 months ago

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I call it "wrong" when I come across it in student essays (I'm in the UK), since it seems to me to call for a "when" where that "than" should be. The "than" seems to call for a different phrase: No sooner had Francis become King than he turned his eyes upon Italy [...]


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