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  1. Connectingpeople's Avatar

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    Smile Problems with THEN

    I don't know why people sometimes say " By then " or " Then ". I know that "Then" is used to show conclusion or something like that. But what does " By then" mean ?
    Please show me the difference. Thanks

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    Re: Problems with THEN

    Welcome.

    By then means by the/that time.

  3. Connectingpeople's Avatar

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    Re: Problems with THEN

    You mean " Exactly at the time " ?

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    Re: Problems with THEN

    Would you have an example? Here's mine:

    EX: By the time I get home, which will be around 8:00 or 8 o'clock on the dot, you'll have finished dinner.

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    Re: Problems with THEN

    In conversation, if someone says "I'm going home now" the other person could reply by saying "Bye then." This means that in conclusion of what the first person has said, the second person acknowledges their departure.

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    Re: Problems with THEN

    Doodles, we're looking at a temporal adverb, "by then", not (Good-)bye, then.

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