A) No sooner had the destruction completed, than mother walked in.
B) No sooner did the destruction complete, than mother walked in.
C) No sooner had the destruction been completed, than mother walked in.
D) No sooner was the destruction completed, than mother walked in.
Which is the best sentence among the four given options? I know its against SE’s rule to ask a question without mentioning the research done on my part or not mentioning the reason / point of confusion or not pouring in enough details regarding question but I am sorry here I really don’t have any idea what to write.
This is a question asked in my exam in which I have to choose the best sentence and to my ears except option 3 all sound fine.
You generally do not use “had” or “had … been” with “No sooner … than”. It is usually “No sooner did … than so-and-so.” But that doesn’t eliminate the possibility of the fourth option of using “was”. However, if you were to choose one, I’d say the sentence would be: “No sooner DID the destruction complete, than mother walked in.”