How to use
at a particular time in the past or future
I wish I had known then what I know now.
It was then that I realised she'd tricked me.
He started his career in St Petersburg - or Leningrad as it then was.
They're sending out the results next week, so we won't know anything until then.
It was late evening when the doctor arrived, and by then it was too late.
That was in 1970. Since then the place has changed a lot.
They met in 1942 and
from then on
starting at that time
they were firm friends.
Silently she closed the door.
she heard a noise.
I was paid £1000, which was a lot of money
a long time ago when things were different
in the 1950s.
used to say what happens next or what you do next
Mix the flour and butter, then add the eggs.
Byron travelled to Italy and then to Greece.
used when saying what the result of a situation or action will be
you won't tell him,
Start off early, then you won't have to rush.
used when you think that something is probably true because of what you know about the situation
Still in your pyjamas? Have you just got out of bed then?
but then (again)
used to say that although something is true, something else is also true which makes the first thing seem less important
William didn't succeed first time, but then very few people do.
Elaine's father might lend them the money, but then again he might not.
used at the beginning of a conversation or activity
Now then, what would you like to do today?
Right then, shall we start?
used at the end of a conversation, especially to show that something has been agreed
Good, that's settled then. We'll all meet here next Wednesday.
Okay then, I'll see you at work.
used to show that you are saying something because of what someone has just said
'We're late.' 'We'd better hurry, then.'
'Friday's no good.' 'Then how about Saturday?'
used to add something to what you have just mentioned
We have to invite your parents and my parents, and then there's your brother.
used to refer back to what you have just been talking about
This then was the situation facing the government at the end of the war.
then and there
there and then
He wasn't prepared to wait - he wanted the money then and there.
➔ (every) now and then
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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