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    then=at that time

    After her first job, teaching disabled children, she became a part time writer for IBM. _______, writing stories was simply a personal interest.

    A. Normally B. Then c, Certainly D, Instead

    The answer given is B. The explanation is "then=at that time"

    But I don't think "then" in this context means "at that time". It usually means "next" or "later" when put in front of a sentence.

    Am I right? I don't think any of the choices makes sense.

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    Re: then=at that time

    I think you could use A, B or nothing.

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    Re: then=at that time

    "Then" makes perfect sense. Although she had a part-time job as a writer for IBM, she clearly also had an interest in writing stories. However, at that time​ (ie while she worked at IBM), writing stories was only a personal interest.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: then=at that time

    So "then" can mean "at that time", when put in front of a sentence.

    Then, I was a young adult. =At that time, I was a young adult.

    Am I right?

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    Re: then=at that time

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    So "then" can mean "at that time", when put in front of a sentence.

    Then, I was a young adult. =At that time, I was a young adult.

    Am I right?
    "Then", at the beginning of a sentence, can mean "at that time". It's not always natural though.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: then=at that time

    Depending on how long ago the time period being referred to is/was, it might be more appropriate to use "Back then, ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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