then doesn't mean, in the past, back then; it means, in that case:Originally Posted by Lina
#1 I wish I could drive a car then (i.e., in that case).
Pat: I can't drive you to work today, sorry.
Max: No problem. I'll take the bus.
Pat: But the next bus is in two hours. You'll be late for work.
Max: In that case, I'll call a taxi ~ I'll call a taxi, then.
Pat: But a taxi will cost you $40!
Max: In that case, I wish I could drive a car ~ I wish I could drive a car, then.