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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steepholm

May 17 2014, 16:25:30 UTC 7 months ago

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I'm afraid I don't know whether it has a name - sorry! (And in my first reply "should be" should be "is", of course. Sigh.)

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