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    "and then, not for long"

    I've learned that 'then' usually means 'afterwards' or 'in addition'. But this sentence looks puzzled to me.

    You have build so solid and unsavory a reputation that only a stranger is likely to be misled - and then, not for long.

    Can you tell me what meaning the bold texts have in the context? It basically sounds to me that a stranger is probably misled(because a stranger don't know his solid and unsavory reputation yet) but the stranger get to know really soon about who he really is.
    Last edited by Bebop7; 13-Dec-2016 at 13:41. Reason: Grammar checked. Edit the noticed typos.

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    Re: "and then, not for long"

    The stranger will be misled for only a short time, not for a long time. At first, the stranger will be misled, but then the stranger will learn the truth.

    Does that make sense?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: "and then, not for long"

    Your explanation makes sense perfect to me. Thank you, Charlie.

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