THEN vs THAN! Below are the differences between Then and Than in English for ESL Learners to avoid misusing them.
THEN vs THAN
THEN is used to indicate a point of TIME.
- First think, and then speak.
- The minister preaches a sermon now and then.
- Then the rain came and the red flag went up to signal a halt.
- She does now and then hector a little.
- I was living at home then.
- The car sputtered once or twice and then stopped.
- She walked towards him and then halted.
- She took a mouthful of food and then suddenly spat it out.
- His dog nosed me, then let me go in.
- I wish I had known then what I know now.
- His mouth twitched slightly, and then he smiled.
- Kay hesitated for a moment and then said ‘yes’.
THAN is used to compare.
- Better deny at once than promise long.
- Better be out of the world than out of fashion.
- He pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
- The heart sees further than the head.
- It is better to do well than to say well.
- A tattler is worse than a thief.
- Poor without debt is better than a prince.
- A young twig is easier twisted than an old tree.
- A clear fast is better than a dirty breakfast.
- Marriage is a lottery with more blanks than prizes.
- It is easier to descend than to ascend
- A good neighbour is better than a bother in the next village.
- It is easier to get money than to keep it.