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5 years, 10 months ago
I have got one task on translation:
They'd hardly come into the house when the storm broke out.
Hardly had he opened the window when the strong wind scattered the papers on the floor.
I had hardly reach (had approached) the corner of the street when I heard someone's steps behind me.
Hardly had I said good-bye to them when the train started moving.
Although constructions "hardly" and "no sooner" both almost have the same meaning, they are slightly different in meaning (when we are translating them), and as a result it would be better not to use "no sooner" instead of "hardly" in the sentences above.
Am I right?
May 20, 2017 at 12:31
Anthony Voronkov Anthony Voronkov
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"No sooner" tells us that an action was completed and then something followed shortly after. It emphasizes the immediacy with which the the second action followed the first.
"Hardly" suggests that the second action interrupted the first, or very nearly did. It hints at a lack of completion or a very near inability to complete it.
May 24, 2017 at 22:23
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Maybe this might help.
Some alternatives, in order of least to greatest amount of time between
arriving and raining, might be
no sooner arrived when it began to rain.
Just when they arrived, it began to rain.
They had just arrived when it began to rain.
had hardly arrived when it began to rain.
They had barely arrived when it began to rain.
Upon their arrival, it began to rain.
After they arrived, it began to rain.
May 27, 2017 at 12:55
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