Than vs Then

Instead of continuing my entries on commas, I’ve decided to give the little gray cells a break and do something relatively easy. I’m not sure why I’ve always confused than and then. Maybe it’s because they sound the same, but it’s probably because I use then so much more than I use than that I just got in a habit of typing the ‘e’ instead of ‘a.’

So, I looked it up and distilled what I learned to the simplest terms. Than is a conjunction for comparson/contrast and then is an adverb, noun/pronoun, and adjective for time and logic.

I’m younger than my sisters. Comparison

I’m the oldest then my brother and baby sister. Order or sequence.

Mrs. Hurd is stricter than Mrs. White. Contrast.

Tonight, I must cook dinner and wash the dishes then I can watch TV. Time sequence

That’s simple. And someone made it even easier by saying than has an ‘a’ in it like comparison/contrast, while then has an ‘e’ like in time.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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