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English definition of “no sooner ... than”

no sooner ... than

C1 used to show that one thing happens immediately after another thing: No sooner had I started mowing the lawn than it started raining .Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence Grammar:SoonSoon means ‘a short time after now’ and ‘a short time after a point in the past’. Like many other short adverbs, we can use it in front position, mid position or end position, though we don’t use it in end position when referring to the past:
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