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    by this time


    "By this time he was thirty."

    1. What does 'by this time' mean?

    2. I assume 'he was thirty' means 'he was thirty years old.' Why 'was'? Why not 'is'? In short, why past tense?

    3. Is 'time' countable here?


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    Re: by this time

    1 At the point of time in the narrative. Presumably it covers the time before and after this.
    2 He must be older than that or dead now.
    3 No

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