Than or Then?

A common mistake in English is using than and then in the wrong context. Many people don’t know when to use than and then because these words are pronounced in the same way, but they have completely different meanings.

Difference than and then

The difference between than and then is that than is used in comparisons as a conjunction and as a preposition. Then is used to indicate time.

Than: as conjunction or preposition in comparisons.

  • He is taller than my sister.
  • That building is bigger than the old one.
  • I have more money than my sister.

Then: to indicate time. It can be an adverb, noun, or adjective.

  • I was living in Paris then.
  • What will you do then?
  • First, you call me, then you take a nap.

Than or then overview

It’s difficult to know which word is used based on the pronunciation. That is why it’s important to look at the context in which it appears. You have an overview of the differences and some examples:

thanin a comparisonI am taller than my brother.
thenas a time referenceWork comes first, then you can relax.


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