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, 16:22:31 UTC 9 months ago

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Heh, thank you. I've seen the one you mentioned. Does it have any name, in case I'd like to look for it in a grammar book?

and that preface was written in England, in 1894, if I read this: MDCCCXCIV correctly.


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