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THEN vs THAN: What’s the Difference Between Than vs Then?

THEN vs THAN: What’s the Difference Between Than vs Then?

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Then vs than! Below are the differences between then and than in English  with useful example sentences for ESL learners to avoid misusing them.

Then vs Than

Using Then

Then is used to indicate a point of time.

Example sentences

  • 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’.

Using Than

Than is used to compare.

Example sentences

  • 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.

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THEN vs THAN: What's the Difference Between Than vs Then?