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Is it grammatically correct to use even though and then in the same sentence as in the following?

Even though in the beginning, Picasso's work was influenced by other artists then Picasso developed his own style of painting, which consisted of pictures of the poor in various shades of blue.

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    Use "later" not "then" in this case to refer to a time after "in the beginning."
    – Qaz
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 19:24
  • @Qaz thank you, do you think two adverbs do not fit each other at the beginning?
    – Mrt
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 19:37
  • Are you trying to say that even though he was influenced by others at first, he still had his own style even then, or that he developed his own style after he was influenced? I assumed the latter, but you could use "even then" instead of "then" to make it clearer if it's the former.
    – Qaz
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 19:52
  • @Qaz sorry for the confusion I feel a bit that " even though" and " in the beginning" don't sound natural either
    – Mrt
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:08
  • Those seem fine to me.
    – Qaz
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 20:12

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Even though, in the beginning, Picasso's work was influenced by other artists, he developed his own style of painting, which consisted of pictures of the poor in various shades of blue.

'In the beginning' is adverbial. 'Then' is not appropriate unless it coordinates with a conditional 'if', or is adverbial (in a separate sentence) to indicate sequence.

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