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    then

    Hello ,


    In one of the episodes of Dr.Who , a man opens the door and see The Doctor and Rose before him and ask " Who are you then?"
    The man has seen them for the first time in his life so there wasn't any previous dialogue, so this is the whole context.

    This is the first time I've come across the usage of the word then this way. I looked up in a couple of online dictionaries but I couldn't find a corresponding definition.

    Thanks for your helps in advance.

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    Re: then

    It's just a throwaway particle, like "well" in "Well, who are who?", "Well then, who are you?"; "So, who are you?"
    "Qui êtes-vous donc?" (Fr); "¿Quién eres, entonces?" (Sp); "Chi sei tu, allora?" (It)
    I'd hesitate to give it a meaning.
    Last edited by Raymott; 18-Jul-2013 at 01:24.

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    Re: then

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post
    Hello ,


    In one of the episodes of Dr.Who, a man opens the door and sees The Doctor and Rose before him and asks "Who are you then?"
    The man has seen them for the first time in his life so there wasn't any previous dialogue, so this is the whole context.

    This is the first time I've come across the usage of the word then this way. I looked it up in a couple of online dictionaries but I couldn't find a corresponding definition.

    Thanks for your helps in advance.
    See the corrections to your post.

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    Re: then

    Quote Originally Posted by euncu View Post

    I looked it up in a couple of online dictionaries...
    Everybody should bookmark the OneLook Dictionary Search.

    (To be honest, none of the dictionaries listed there answer your question as well as Ray and Mike have done.)

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Jul-2013 at 08:36.

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    Re: then

    Hello Rover_KE,

    Thanks for the tip. I bookmarked after your suggestion. I mostly use Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary , which is very good in fact although didn't work out for this particular instance this time. I also make use of Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com | Find the meanings and definitions of words at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com from time to time.

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