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Context: As a teacher who loves writing, I am interested in posting messages on the twitter.

Which of the following options is correct? Please explain the reasoning.

  1. I am so interested in posting messages on the twitter that everyday I had no sooner returned home than I immediately turned on the computer to write something.
  2. I am so interested in posting messages on the twitter that everyday I have no sooner returned home than I immediately turn on the computer to write something.
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Second is incorrect. Better overall: everyday, immediately I return home, I turn on the computer –  mplungjan Dec 11 '13 at 15:46
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It is "on Twitter". "On the twitter" immediately blows your cover. –  RegDwigнt Dec 11 '13 at 15:48
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side note: neither will fit on the Twitter –  JeffSahol Dec 11 '13 at 16:56

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The normal sequence of tenses would require the first sentence to be written as:

I was so interested in posting messages on Twitter that every day I had no sooner returned home than I immediately turned on the computer to write something.

The second sentence brings the events one stage forward in time, and uses the present perfect have . . . returned in place of the past perfect had . . . returned. What the present perfect does here is describe a present state resulting from an earlier event.

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Thank you for your help. Deeply appreciate your answer. It's truly clear and instructive. –  user57916 Dec 15 '13 at 21:25

The first sentence is quite natural (if not entirely correct). The second sentence has an oddity of tense. In the second sentence you have "I Have Turn", that is a pretty big no-no.

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It doesn't sound natural to me. –  Edwin Ashworth Dec 11 '13 at 16:22
    
@EdwinAshworth Yeah, you're right. It's pretty bad. Serious issues of tense. –  Jolenealaska Dec 11 '13 at 16:41

No sooner than I return home, I turn on the computer.

It is an everyday occurrence, hence simple present tense.

Also,immediately is not needed with 'no sooner'.

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