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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dorsetgirl

May 17 2014, 19:56:00 UTC 2 months ago

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I agree it should be "scarcely ... when", not 'than'. No idea what it's called.

Native English speaker, England.

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