San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 3 weeks ago

Do these sentences mean the same thing?

A. The moment he saw the car, it disappeared around the corner.

B. No sooner had he seen the car than it disappeared around the corner.

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  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago
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    Using different words means they don't mean precisely the same thing, but the meanings are so extremely close that they are virtually the same. I would defy anyone to discern a difference in meaning so significant as to not be negligible, like the use of the past tense in one and the pluperfect in the other becomes negligible because of the ordering of the clauses in their respective sentences and the difference between "the moment" and "no sooner" is likewise negligible because their meanings overlap so completely that any argument of difference would be but an exercise in subjective sophistry. That said, the parallelism that is B requires a comma after "car" to be grammatically correct.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Do they MEAN the same thing?  Essentially yes. But it's not a question of meaning, it's a matter of style.

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