no sooner said than done
Accomplished immediately, as in He said we should leave and, no sooner said than done. This expression employs no sooner ... than in the sense of “at once,” a usage dating from the mid-1500s.
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Then vs. ThanThen and than are among the 100 most frequently used words in the English language. For some, this ubiquity translates into greater opportunity for committing grammatical blunders. Let’s take a look at the differences between these two terms. Then indicates time or consequence, as in the following examples: Bagels were cheaper then; First I’ll drink my orange juice, then eat my bagel; If I drink too …
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