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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orpheus_samhain

May 20 2014, 00:26:34 UTC 6 months ago

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Yes, I thought about this version with 'then', too :)

Sadly, I don't know when they parted ways.

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