Weekly Grammar Tip: then/than

What’s the difference between ‘then’ and ‘than’?

The words ‘then’ and ‘than’ are completely different and not interchangeable. EVER. Despite ‘then’ making a delightful appearance in both verbal and written communication when ‘than’ should be used, it’s just not right. EVER. One word refers to the passage of time, the other is used in making comparison.

THEN is a time word and is used when referring to a sequence of events.

I ran out of Shiraz so then I had to drink the Merlot.

Fergal went to the beach and then he went home for a shower before going to the movies.

THAN is used in statements of comparison.

Your wine glass is bigger than mine.

Is the movie better than the book?

I would rather drink wine and THEN read a paper on Post-Colonialism and Twilight THAN read the paper before drinking copious quantities of alcohol.

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3 comments on “Weekly Grammar Tip: then/than

  1. Pingback: Weekly Grammar Tip: alright/all right « dodging commas

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