One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
After all; on the other hand (introducing a contrasting comment)‘it couldn't help, but then again, it probably couldn't hurt’‘it's a very hard exam, but then they all are’
- ‘But then, they would be, wouldn't they?’
- ‘Most of the people I have spoken to since agree but then they don't live in homes with gardens big enough to warrant weekly collections of garden waste!’
- ‘"But then they're bred for it, aren't they?" she adds as an afterthought.’
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