They sound similar. They look similar. But they’re not at all alike. Do you know when to use THEN and when to use THAN? The difference is really quite simple.
If you are comparing two things, use THAN.
- Anna is taller THAN Ben.
- The big house costs more THAN the little house.
- Clothes from the Gap cost more THAN clothes from Goodwill.
THEN deals with time, or it shows a sequence.
- I want you to take a bath and THEN go to bed.
- First you must eat your peas. THEN you can have dessert.
- Take a left on First Street, and THEN a right on Pine Avenue.
Got it? 🙂
Until next time, Grammarians…