An Author’s Pen: Then vs Than

road mapThe words ‘then’ and ‘than’ look similar, but their uses are very different. “Then,” often used as an adverb, relates to time –afterwards, at that time, or as a consequence of. The word “than” is a conjunction that introduces a comparison. It is most often used with comparatives and words like more, less and fewer.

Examples using “then:”
Go to the end of the road, then turn left.
If you don’t like strawberries, then don’t buy them
Times were easier then.

Examples using “than:”
Ellen is taller than Jane.
The population of the United States is greater than that of Canada.
Jason is a better cook than Anne.

Easy to remember: Use “then” for time. Use “than” to compare.

Next week, More on “than.” Rita Bay

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