When I wrote thank you to a commentator in this site, I added a message to it like this: “It all clicked into place the moment I saw your comment!” After a while, I came across an article about the usage of ‘the moment’. I’d like to know if my comment sounded offensive and what I should have written in the comment to express ‘just after’ like feeling.
Here’s the article.
Scarcely had Jake answered the phone when his boss started shouting at him.
No sooner had Jake answered the phone than his boss started shouting at him.
The moment Jake answered the phone, his boss started shouting at him.
As soon as Jake answered the phone, his boss started shouting at him.
Only No.4 is emotionally-neutral. No.1,2,3 express the resultant event is unpleasant or unexpected, though the resultant event of No.3 is less unpleasant and unexpected than the other two. Therefore, in a general sentence, for example, “as soon as he arrived at the office, he sat down at his desk and started work”, it isn’t natural to use No.1,2,3 patterns.
(The script is originally written in English, but the book I have is translated into Japanese. These lines are my English, so please excuse me for its strangeness.)