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, 09:18:08 UTC 7 months ago

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Also, it occurs to me that this ONLY works in this sentence order. If it were switched, you'd have to use "when" (He turned his eyes on Italy when he had only just/scarcely become king.)

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