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    then and than

    Hello teachers,

    Kindly explain the difference b/w

    Then and Than

    Thank You.
    Jhon


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    Re: then and than

    "than" is used for comparison: I'm taller than my brother (which is not true )
    "then" is used for time: I turn 90 next month and I'll have a party then. (supposed I make it until then)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhonsmith1 View Post
    Hello teachers,

    Kindly explain the difference b/w

    Then and Than

    Thank You.
    Jhon
    The only practical way of being able to distinguish between the two is to remember that it's only than that is used when it comes to comparing things, or introducing a comparison; in any other case, you should use then.

    She is taller than our son.
    I think you love me more than I do, honey.
    There is much more water in it than alcohol.
    There were fewer than ten children in class yesterday.
    She'd rather phone than write.

    We lived in Belgium and then (= afterwards) we moved to Italy.
    Then, (= at that moment; next) I started to scream.
    I spoke to Emma last Easter but I haven't heard from her since then (= since last Easter).
    If you miss your train then (= as a result) you'll have to get a bus.
    'I can't pay you now.' 'Then (= in that case), I can't sell you this, I'm afraid.'


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