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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fencer_x

May 18 2014, 09:16:22 UTC 2 months ago

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I've no idea what it's called, but I guess I'm in the minority who not only thinks there's nothing wrong with it, I've seen it in quite a bit of literature before? I understand it exactly, and while it strikes me as a bit old-fashioned, I wouldn't bat an eye at it.

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