"Then" is one such word. Poor little thing. It's trying to indicate a particular point in time. It happened "then" and not "now." It will happen "then" (meaning, at that point in time) and not any sooner.
It's related to a point in time. It's sort of related to "when" as in the answer to the question, "When will it happen?"
Response: "At 3 PM and not any sooner. Then we will have a good time."
You see the relationship? "W" simply took off his wrapper and then stood tall to show off his broad shouldered "T".
Why in the world am I making such a big deal about this beleaguered word? Because in some places it gets confused with a word that indicates comparison - "than."
For the time being, just remember that "then" relates to a time.
- A Question of Time: The Ultimate Paradox
- T. S. Eliot: Collection of Poetry, Poems, and other Works (42 in total) with analysis and historical background (Annotated and Illustrated) (Annotated Classics)