Ohhh how often do I see the incorrect use of these, those, two, too, there, their…in social media and of late in a few novels. Blame auto spell-checker if you must, but we too are at fault. During edits common words like these are easily overlooked. I’m guilty *flushing*. I prefer to blame the tiny buttons on my cell when updating to FB or Twitter and during editing, strained eyes from being up so late. Yeah, good excuses 🙂
Good site below for a spritz of refresher.
The English words than and then look and sound a lot alike, but they are completely different. If this distinction is harder than it should be, read this lesson and then try again.
Than: Than is a conjunction used in comparisons:
Tom is smarter than Bill.
This is more important than you might think.
Is she taller than you?
Yes, she is taller than I.
Technically, you should use the subject pronoun after than (e.g., I), as opposed to the object pronoun (me). However, English speakers commonly use the object pronoun.hen
Then has numerous meanings.
1. At that point in time
I wasn’t ready then.
Will you be home at noon? I’ll call you then.
2. Next, afterward
I went to the store, and then to the bank
Do your homework and then go to bed
3. In addition, also, on top of that
He told me he was leaving, and then that I owed him money
It cost $5,000, and then there’s tax too
4. In that case, therefore (often with “if”)
If you want to go, then you’ll have to finish your homework.
Then you should eat.
Than is used only in comparisons, so if you’re comparing something use than. If not, then you have to use then. What could be easier than that? Courtesy of http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com