than vs then :

than or then

When comparing one thing with another you may find that one is more appealing “than” another. “Than” is the word you want when doing comparisons. But if you are talking about time, choose “then“: “First you separate the eggs; then you beat the whites.” Alexis is smarter than I, not “then I.”

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  • n  that time; that moment
    we will arrive before then
    we were friends from then on
  • s  at a specific prior time
    the then president
  • r  subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors)
    then he left
    go left first, then right
    first came lightning, then thunder
    we watched the late movie and then went to bed
  • r  in that case or as a consequence
    if he didn't take it, then who did?
    keep it then if you want to
    the case, then, is closed
    you've made up your mind then?
    then you'll be rich
  • r  at that time
    I was young then
    prices were lower back then
    science as it was then taught
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