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English definition of “then”


adverb (RESULT)    /ðen/
A2 as a result ; in that case ; also used as a way of joining a statement to an earlier piece of conversation : Have a rest now, then you won't be so tired this evening . You'll be selling your house , then?Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings Grammar:Linking adverbs (then, however)Linking adverbs show a relationship between two clauses or sentences (e.g. a sequence in time, cause and effect, contrast between two things):
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