FROM THEN ON / SINCE THEN

FROM THEN ON / SINCE THEN

 

The time expression “from then on” occurs very frequently with the past tense, because the span it covers falls completely in the past.

from then on since then 

She had a car accident at 13. From then on she had to be in a wheelchair. Life became challenging but she was still upbeat.

 

If a span extends from a point in the past to the very present moment, we normally use “since then”, rather than “from then on”.

 

I joined the staff when I was graduated from college. Since then I have been teaching here.

 

It would be awkward to say:

 

I joined the staff when I was graduated from college. From then on, I have been teaching here.

 

Is it possible to use “from then on” for the future? Definitely.

 

After she gets her degree, she will find a job in an American company. From then on she will be an American citizen.

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