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Edit This Grammar Lesson: Than vs. Then

Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, let's discuss the difference between Than vs. Then. Do you know when to use each one?

Most of you might be saying, "Why, yes, I do!" But for others, it's not that easy. These are perfect examples of homophones – words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings – and they trip more people up than you think.

But don't worry. We are here to clear up the confusion.

Than is used as a comparison.

* I know that I am better than him.

* Two brains are better than one.

* I'd rather have brains than brawn.

We use Then when we are referring to time.

* She turned and then ran to the car.

* Jack smiled and then swore he'd get revenge.

* Well, okay then! That settles that.

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