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    #1

    then as an adverb

    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentences are correct?

    Setence1:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010. Then, the price rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence2:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010. The price, then, rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence3:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010, then the price rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence4:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010, and then rises to $200 in 2011.

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    Re: then as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    Hi,

    Question:
    Which sentences are correct?

    Setence1:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010. Then, the price rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence2:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010. The price, then, rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence3:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010, then the price rises to $200 in 2011.
    Setence4:
    The price rises to $100 in 2010, and then rises to $200 in 2011.

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    You need to be clear about whether you are using "then" as an adverb of time ('after that', 'at that time'), or what might be called an adverb of consequence. The sentences require an adverb of time.
    Sentences 1, 3, 4 use 'then' correctly (albeit that they are not very elegant.)
    Sentence 2 uses 'then' as an adverb of consequence. As such, it doesn't make sense. If you removed the commas, it would be an adverb of time, as in the other sentences.

    'Then' as an adverb of consequence - nothing to do with time:
    "Well, if that's how you feel, then I won't go with you."
    "The price rose from $100 to $200. This, then, was a rise of 100%.
    "What does this sentence mean, then?"

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    Re: then as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You need to be clear about whether you are using "then" as an adverb of time ('after that', 'at that time'), or what might be called an adverb of consequence. The sentences require an adverb of time.
    Sentences 1, 3, 4 use 'then' correctly (albeit that they are not very elegant.)
    Sentence 2 uses 'then' as an adverb of consequence. As such, it doesn't make sense. If you removed the commas, it would be an adverb of time, as in the other sentences.

    'Then' as an adverb of consequence - nothing to do with time:
    "Well, if that's how you feel, then I won't go with you."
    "The price rose from $100 to $200. This, then, was a rise of 100%.
    "What does this sentence mean, then?"
    hi,

    is sentence 3 correct?
    there is no conjunction

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    Re: then as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by uktous View Post
    hi,

    is sentence 3 correct?
    there is no conjunction
    Strictly, a semicolon should be used there.

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