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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come_to_think

May 18 2014, 00:37:35 UTC 7 months ago

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I agree with those who prefer "scarcely...when" & "no sooner...than"; "scarcely...than" looks like an illogical mixture to me. However, this question was discussed very acrimoniously on alt.usage.english recently. Descriptivists apparently consider it impious to apply logic to usage.

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