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    Other use of the word "then"

    Hello, I'm having trouble understanding the use of "then" in the following sentence, though I get what the author is trying to say.

    In times gone by, only the literate knew what was going on in the world, and “then” only after a long delay.

    I'm taking "then" as "did so". Is the only way that make sense to me, but I'm not sure of this. Can you use "then" as a substitute of "did so"?

    Thank you

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    Re: Other use of the word "then"

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post
    Hello, I'm having trouble understanding the use of "then" in the following sentence, though I get what the author is trying to say.

    In times gone by, only the literate knew what was going on in the world, and “then” only after a long delay.

    I'm taking "then" as "did so". It's the only way that make sense to me, but I'm not sure of this. Can you use "then" as a substitute of "did so"?

    Thank you
    In this case, yes. You could also substitute "that was".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Other use of the word "then"

    Quote Originally Posted by salvador.dal1950 View Post

    "then" can be replaced by 'knew it'.

    That, of course, is very similar to "did so".

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