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    #1

    "than" and "then"

    I do know the difference and how to use these two words, but I've seen some people using "then" instead of "than" recently, so i'm confused. For example: he is better then me. I don't know if it's just a typo,or there is another meaning using then instead of than. Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: "than" and "then"

    It's a mistake. Either the writer made a typo or is ignorant of the correct word to use.

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    #3

    Re: "than" and "then"

    It is, sadly, not an uncommon error these days. I have seen both versions of the mistake:

    He is better then me.
    I went to the park and than I went swimming. Than I took my sister to the cinema. (Actual English homework by a colleague's son.)

    The first error ("then" instead of "than") is more common.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 16-Apr-2014 at 07:32. Reason: Repair error - thanks Raymott
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: "than" and "then"

    I think that this problem is primarily one of pronunciation. When people talk fast, these two words can sound a lot alike. Then, the spelling gets confused.

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    #5

    Re: "than" and "then"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The first error ("than" instead of "then") is more common.
    Did you mean that using "then" instead of "than" is more common (given that that was the first error mentioned? If so, I agree.

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    #6

    Re: "than" and "then"

    I did indeed. Thanks, duly edited.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: "than" and "then"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I think that this problem is primarily one of pronunciation.
    Like would of done instead of would have done.

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    #8

    Re: "than" and "then"

    Exactly!

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