What part of speech is “then”

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The noun 'then' is used to refer to a specific point or moment in time, usually indicated by the context or a temporal clause. An example of this usage is 'by then the plan had already been executed.'

1. She finally found her keys and since then she was quite.

2. We didn’t have the proper tools and since then, he left our team.

When using the noun form of 'then,' be sure to include a temporal clause or context clues so the reader has a frame of reference for the moment in time you are describing.


As an adverb, 'then' primarily refers to a specific time in the past or a subsequent point in time. It can also indicate a consequence or result.

Referring to a Specific Time. 'Then' can be used to describe a particular moment in the past. Indicating Sequence. It can denote the next step or action in a series. Expressing Consequence. 'Then' can be used to introduce the result of a condition, often following 'if' clauses.

I lived in New York back then.

First, mix the flour and sugar, then add the eggs.

If you can't finish your work by 5 pm, then you'll have to stay late.

When 'then' is used to indicate sequence, it often implies a direct result or a logical progression from one action to another. Avoid using 'then' redundantly. For instance, 'If you're not ready, then we'll leave without you' can also be phrased as 'If you're not ready, we'll leave without you.'

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