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how to use the expression "one of the" in plural form | increment
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no sooner than #1 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:40 am   no sooner than
 

Hello.

First, I want to ask a question about 'no sooner than' and 'no sooner did'. How do we use both sentences? I read a sentence in which both sentence were used but I didn't get it.

"No sooner had we slept than their singing woke us".
"No sooner did we catch the sight of the zebra than we shot it".
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no sooner than #2 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:53 pm   no sooner than
 

I think this form should be used with "no sooner".
"No sooner had we gotten asleep than their singing woke us".

Could the sentence below be correct?
"No sooner had you finished your question than the answer arrived."

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no sooner than #3 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 13:08 pm   no sooner than
 

Thanks but it does not clear my concept.
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no sooner than #4 (permalink) Sun Feb 05, 2012 13:33 pm   no sooner than
 

The pattern in your sentences is "no sooner did/had X than Y". This means that Y happened immediately after X.

You can also use "no sooner than" by itself, in which case it means the same as "no earlier than". For example: "I will arrive no sooner than Wednesday".

"No sooner had we slept than their singing woke us" sound odd to me. It would normally be "No sooner had we got to sleep / fallen asleep ...".
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