It’s Writer Wednesday here and today we will tackle a mini grammar concept – the difference between then and than. These writing themed posts used to be the weekly mainstay of my other blog, My Literary Quest, but will now be hosted here and reblogged there.
Comic Originally posted at The Oatmeal as part of the “Ten Words you need to Stop Misspelling” infographic
Then can be used as three different parts of speech, which is probably why it gets mixed up so often with than. The main use of then is as an adverb, specifically to situate an action in time. For example, she attended English class and then went to lunch. It’s also part of the if … then construction –If you clean your room, then I will tell you my secret.
Then can also be used as a noun meaning that time. (e.g…
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