English Lesson #2- Then vs. Than
Ugh! Where did you go to school? I can't believe the severity of this country's bad spelling and abhorable grammar. Today's lesson: then vs. than.
Than: a comparison.
"Than" is a conjunction- that means it connects/conjoins two phrases or ideas. You can usually use "more" or "less" with this word, or at least the ideas of more and less.
Then: a description of time.
It's really that simple. I'm not sure how anyone can mess this one up, but I've seen it a lot lately. Here are some examples in case you missed the entire year of 3rd grade:
- I have more grammar skills than you.
- The Portland Trail Blazers are better than the Houston Rockets.
- First, we will drink liquor, then we will drink beer.
A point in time
- If you are home by 6:00, I'll call you then.
In addition to
- On top of being lazy, then there is the issue of not eating right.
Therefore/in that case (often used with "if")
- If you want to make a good impression, then you'll have to clean up your grammar.
If you are comparing, use "than." Everything else, use "then."
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