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Students preparing for competitive exams will encounter English Language and Comprehension sections. One of the most important aspects is learning to spot errors and correcting sentences. These Error Spotting and Sentence Correction Grammar Capsules are aimed at helping you learn a little Grammar everyday. Let us start with Error Spotting Capsule 1 which deals with the concept of “No sooner… than”. You can even download Error Spotting Capsule 1 as PDF.
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No sooner… than
No sooner had the train left the station than I reached there.
Rules for “No Sooner… than”
Alternate phrases for “No sooner… than”
Spot the error in the following sentences
Here are the answers!!
Explanation 1: No sooner had I started mowing the lawn
then than it started raining. ‘No sooner’ is always followed by ‘than’.
Explanation 2: No sooner had I finished my studies than I got a good job
quickly. ‘No sooner… than’ means as soon as, soon, at once, instantly, suddenly, immediately, quickly, promptly etc. So, whenever ‘no sooner… than’ is used, we must avoid them.
Explanation 3: No error. The sentence can be in past (simple or perfect) tense or simple present tense, though present tense is less commonly used.
Explanation 4: No sooner had she left the house than he
had come came. When the sentence is framed using the past perfect tense, the prior event must be in the past perfect tense and the latter event must be said in the simple past tense.
Explanation 5: No sooner
was had she leaving left the house he came. Only simple past or past perfect or simple present can be used. STRICTLY NO CONTINUOUS AND FUTURE TENSES!!