- 1at that time; at the time in question
- 2next; afterward
- 3in that case; therefore
Using then: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "then" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
I was living in Cairo then.
We'll go to the park, then we'll get some ice cream.
If you don't want to come, then you can stay here.
He was young then, but he's old now.
then Synonyms and Antonyms
Phrases with then
I still see her now and then.
Every now and then, I like to treat myself to a fancy dinner.
The project took a year to complete, and cost $50,000 - and then some.
Origins of then
Old English 'thanne', related to 'than', from Germanic base of 'that' and 'there'
Summary: then in Brief
The word 'then' [ðɛn] refers to a specific time or event in the past, often used to describe a sequence of events. It can also be used to indicate a logical conclusion or result, as in 'If you don't want to come, then you can stay here.' Phrases like 'now and then' and 'every now and then' denote occasional occurrences, while 'and then some' emphasizes that there is more of something than has been mentioned.