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For context, the phrase I'm trying translating is: "Конечно, побежать и закрыть кран, а потом уже устранять последствия потопа" = "Of course, to run and close the tap, and then to eliminate the consequences of the flood". My question is what role does "уже" serve in this sense?

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The adverb уже expresses the final completion of the action.

Of course, to run and close the tap, and ONLY THEN/only after that to eliminate the consequences of the flood".

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    No, it's "и только потом" :)))))
    – Elena
    Jul 27, 2019 at 15:15
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    Ok, just then, finally, if you don't like that....
    – V.V.
    Jul 27, 2019 at 20:57

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