então

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Portuguese[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese enton, from Latin in (in) tunc (then; in that moment). Displaced collateral form entonce. Compare Spanish entonces.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adverb[edit]

então (not comparable)

  1. then (at that time)
    Desde então sempre tive cuidado
    Since then I've always been careful.
  2. then (soon afterwards; after that)
    Então, o ladrão fugiu.
    After that, the thief ran away.

Derived terms[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

então

  1. thus; therefore (as a result)
    Esse computador é caro, então não posso comprá-lo.
    This computer is expensive, therefore I can’t buy it.

Synonyms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

então

  1. so (used after a pause for thought to introduce a new topic, question or story)
    Então, o que aconteceu?
    So, what happened?
  2. used to introduce an answer which is more complex than expected
    “As cadeiras são azuis ou verdes?” “Então, algumas são azuis, algumas verdes e algumas vermelhas.”
    “Are the chairs blue or green?” “So, some are blue, some green and some red.”

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