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    Which is correct to use then or than

    Hi

    I am new to this site, and would like to improve my English grammar

    I normal see statments like the one below and I think it should be (than and not then)

    Normal spans less then 55mm

    which is correct

    Thanks Jimbo


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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    I'm not a teacher.

    Than is what should be used. You use it to compare, while then is used to arrange events in time.

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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Hi

    I am new to this site, and would like to improve my English grammar

    I normal see statments like the one below and I think it should be (than and not then)

    Normal spans less then 55mm

    which is correct

    Thanks Jimbo

    Sorry, but there is one thing in your sentence that really struck me, mainly because you are a native speaker, so...I am really confused. Can you please clarify this for me:
    Why have you used the word "normal", when you should have used "normally"? Since "normal" is an adjective and they don't modify verbs.
    Am I wrong?
    Right now I am at a dead end.

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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    The adjective "normal" is modifying the noun "spans."

    You could also day "Normally (as a general state of affairs), spans are less than...


    Note that in your original, you have no verb, so it's acting as a noun phrase for something else. Normal spans don't have this problem, but exceptionally long ones do... something like that.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The adjective "normal" is modifying the noun "spans."

    You could also day "Normally (as a general state of affairs), spans are less than...


    Note that in your original, you have no verb, so it's acting as a noun phrase for something else. Normal spans don't have this problem, but exceptionally long ones do... something like that.
    He also uses "normal" in this sentence:

    I normal see statments like the one below and I think it should be (than and not then)

    The one I was concerned about.

    Thanks

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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    Missed that entirely!

    That should be "normally."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Which is correct to use then or than

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimbo View Post
    Hi

    I am new to this site, and would like to improve my English grammar

    I normal see statments like the one below and I think it should be (than and not then)

    Normal spans less then 55mm
    Is there a word missing here? Is spans acting as a noun or verb?

    which is correct

    Thanks Jimbo
    I assume the word you are looking for is "than," but it would help if you would rewrite your sentence to make it clearer.

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