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What is the difference between than and then?
« on: June 08, 2011, 08:08:05 am »
The word "than" is a conjunction, which means that it links two
clauses. This word is further classified as a subordinating
conjunction, which means that it establishes some sort of relationship
between two clauses. In the case of "than," the relationship is
comparative. For example, you could say that "this apple is bigger than the one I had last night," or "was the sequel better or worse than the first movie?" Any time you are comparing two things, "than" is the appropriate word to use.

On the other hand, "then" is an adverb, meaning that it
modifies a part of speech or a clause. Specifically, "then" is used as
a conjunctive adverb to join two clauses which are separated by time;
"then" acts like a unit of time in a sentence, telling you when
something happened (or is going to happen). For example, one could say
"he went to the store, and then stopped by the park," or "please do your homework, and then
you may watch television." In both of these sentences, the word "then"
could be replaced by "after that," and the sentences would make sense. :tabthr  :cT





         
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