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Tara2
Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:07:34 PM

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"then" mean "after that time" but one of its meanings is "from before until now' like "so far", how do we now which meaning is intended?

Can that mean "at that time" only too?
"I learnt a lot of English (during my course)(then)(at that time)"---> correct use of 'then'?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 2:28:19 AM

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Hmmm - I'm not sure I agree. You'll need to give examples.

I agree it is a sequence
I did X then Y



And it is a marker for some point in time in the past.
I was a child then.


But 'so far'?
It is still the point in time in expressions like 'until then'.


Normally it is clear that the context is a chronological sequence:

I was a farmer, then I moved to the city.

Or it describes a time.
I remember 1971. I was a farmer then. I moved to the city later.


If you choose to write it in a way that is potentially confusing, you use other words to make sure it is clear:
I was a farmer back then. It was before I moved to the city.

So context (meaning), punctuation - there should only be only logical meaning you can extract.
Tara2
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:23:49 AM

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Many thanks dear thar!!!
Here says 'then' can mean 'so far'.


Here it says 'then=at the time'.
I was 10 years old when we moved there. I think I felt sad then(=at that time=when we moved").
BobShilling
Posted: Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:17:06 PM
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[quote=Tara2]
Here says 'then' can mean 'so far'.
It doesn't. It says:


In terms of formality, the least formal is
up to now
then
so far,
then
thus far, which is quite formal
.


The two thens mean 'after that (comes)'
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