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Are there any differences in nuance in these sentences? (c) sounds general-purpose, (a) more like literary expression, and (b) kind of a roundabout way to me.

(a) No sooner had they sat at the table than they started quarreling.
(b) They had hardly/scarcely sat at the table when they started quarreling.
(c) As soon as they sat at the table, they started quarreling.

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Are there any differences in nuance in these sentences? (c) sounds general-purpose, (a) more like literary expression, and (b) kind of a roundabout way to me.

(a) No sooner had they sat at the table than they started quarreling.
(b) They had hardly/scarcely sat at the table when they started quarreling.
(c) As soon as they sat at the table, they started quarreling.
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