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Good Evening everybody,

I came across this sentence in today's newspaper:
The Iraqi Shai leader, xyz, has been officially nominated as the next Prime Minister and would form government within THEN next two months


What role does "then" play in the above sentence?

Praveen.
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Hi Praveen,

I think "then" is a typo for "the"

See - I told you "typo" would come in handy! Emotion: wink
Is it Abbie? I can't believe my eyes.

I spotted it in the most famous newspaper in India - THE HINDU. Do these infamous newspaper make mistakes? They should have gone through rigorous spell check.

Then how can we learn from them if they make those silly mistakes. They don't even notify them in the next edition.
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Newspapers are always making typos! There is a quality paper over here called "The Guardian" which makes so many mistakes that it is nicknamed "The Grauniad"!
I know that it must have been 'the', but since it is a newspapaer I thought they are right and I'm going to learn new grammar rule.

I wonder how these newspaper make repeated mistakes.

Does none of them take these matters to the editor? And doesn't the editor take care of these repeated mistakes?
It's the printers who make the mistakes, and always have. It is from printers that we get the expression "mind your p's and q's". A small typo such as the one you describe can easily happen, and it's not really a big deal in a newspaper, though it can be confusing if you are redaing something in a different language. Well done for spotting it.

It is always wise to take anything you read in the paper (especially their comments on news) with a pinch of salt. Every paper has its own political slant.
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I like to read yours and Anne's post, since you people are using new(atleast for me) idioms and I learn new one's now and then.

Even your last thread contains two idioms. I quickly searched for their meanings in Cambrige Online Idioms and found their meanings.

Meanwhile in the use of the former one the dictionary claims its meaning as : "to make an effort to be polite". But, I bet it to be "to be cautious about one's words he speaks, similar to mind your tongue". Am I right? Eg. Mind your p's and q's, or else one day you will pay for it?

Keep using them.
Thanks.
And dot your i's and cross your t's !
I rather like "dot your t's and cross your eyes"
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