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Than and then

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By Mary Morel

One letter different, but a world apart in meaning, these two little words are commonly confused. You are not alone!


Than is used in comparisons.

She is older than him.

Other than that …


Then is used in relation to time or a sequence of events to mean at that time or soon after.

The meeting discussed expenditure, and then broke for lunch.

Memory jog

  • Than is used in comparisons and both than and comparisons have an a in them.
  • Then is used in relation to time and both then and time have an e in them.

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