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Q.  No sooner (1) / did the monkey (2) / see the tiger (3) / when it jumped. (4) / No Error (5)
- Published on 06 Jan 17

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4
e. 5

ANSWER: 4
 
Replace 'when' with 'than'. 'No sooner' is always followed by 'than'.

'Than' cannot be replaced with 'when' or any other word.

The correct sentence should be: No sooner did the monkey see the tiger than it jumped.

No sooner….than is also a conjunction to denote simultaneous actions.
No sooner +Do/does/did +Subject +1st Action +Than +Subject +2nd Action
PresentNo soonerdoeshesee his motherthanhestops dancing.
PresentNo soonerdoIsee my motherthanIstop dancing.
It should also be noted that do/does/did or had must come immediately after 'No sooner'.

For e.g. No sooner he did see his brother than he stopped the car - is incorrect.

The correct sentence should be: No sooner did he see his brother than he stopped the car.

No sooner did the sun rise than we resumed the work.

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