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    Can you use "then" this way

    Can you use "then" like this:

    "He cooked the food, then went to do the laundry"

    It seems that this is used like a conjunction, whereas "then" is an adverb (or adjective).

    Thoughts? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    "Then" can be a conjunctive adverb.

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    #3

    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Then" can be a conjunctive adverb.
    Yes, but even so, wouldn't the sentence I quoted be wrong. From my understanding (I may be wrong), that's not how a conjunctive adverb is used. That is used more as a conjunction - linking two clauses together.

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    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    That's what 'then' is doing in your sentence,

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    #5

    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    Hello, englishteacher79.

    For your reference: https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ConjAdv.html

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    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, englishteacher79.

    For your reference: https://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ConjAdv.html
    Thanks, that's the way I understand it. That's why I don't understand why the others say that the example sentence is correct.

    Again, I quote the example sentence, which I think is wrong, but others seem to say is correct:

    "He cooked the food, then went to do the laundry"

    Quoting from the above website,

    "When a conjunctive adverb connects two independent clauses in one sentence, it is preceded by a semicolon and followed by a comma."

    The example sentence on the website of the correct use of a conjunctive adverb is:

    "Tuition increases, say officials, are driven by the universities' costs; consequently, tuition income typically covers less than 50% of college budgets."

    The above sentence is correct since there's a semicolon preceding it and a comma after. But in my example sentence, there isn't any semi colon.

    So I'm confused as to why people are saying the example sentence I gave is correct.
    Last edited by englishteacher79; 02-Apr-2014 at 18:09.

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    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    Why did you keep linking us back to post no. 4, english teacher?

    More than fifty years ago, I was taught at school that "He cooked the food, then went to do the laundry" was incorrect. We had to use either a semi-colon or 'and' after 'food'.

    There are still some who try to insist on this, but many would accept your sentence.
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    #8

    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    "went to do the laundry" is not an independent clause. It lacks a subject.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    'He is the subject of both clauses, as it is in "He cooked the food and went to the laundry".

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    Re: Can you use "then" this way

    5jj, sorry, got it corrected. The copy and paste just gave me all those.

    So you're saying that it's (the sentence is) OK I guess. It's probably more to do with not totally following the "rules" I guess.

    If you say some would accept my sentence, would they also accept:

    "I was very bored, therefore I went to the movies."

    Barb_D, I'm not sure what your point is in the context of what we're discussing. Could you elaborate a bit more? Thanks.

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