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 18 2014, 06:50:58 UTC 2 months ago

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Thanks for the url - I may have a look there later. From what little I know of it, I'm not convinced I see the point of the "descriptive" approach. People say a lot of things, but that doesn't make them sound right or convey the message they meant to convey.

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