Because “then” and “than” are homophones (words that sound alike), they are often confused. Some tips on telling them apart.
- Then vs. Than: the difference
Is an adverb: A word that describes, gives more information about a verb, adjective, adverb or phrase.
Is a preposition or conjunction: A word that is used before a noun, a noun phrase, or a pronoun, connecting it to another word.
- Then vs. Than: the definitions
- At that time (in the past or in the future).
- Next or after that.
- In addition.
- Used to join two parts of a comparison.
- Used with “more” or “less” to compare numbers or amounts.
- Then vs. Than: the synonyms
Could also mean (synonyms): Again, later, next, at that moment, soon after, at that time.
There are no synonyms for this word
- Then vs. Than: in a sentence
- The toddler touched my cheeks and then pinched it hard.
- Last night it rained and then turned cold and humid.
- She then walked away, leaving all her belongings behind.
- “What do you hope to achieve from this, then?” she asked him out of frustration.
- Thank you,” Jane said and then blushed because she wasn’t used to compliments.
- I think she loves Indian food more than I do.
- She performed much better than I expected.
- I can cook dinner in less than an hour.
- Contrary to popular belief, I believe that Jane is a better actress than Kim.
- Do you think the colour red suits me better than blue?
Reference: Cambridge Dictionary