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Origin of then
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH thenthan, then
Words nearby then
THEN VS. THAN
What’s the difference between then and than?
Then is a very common word that’s used in situations involving what comes next—either in terms of time (as in Just then, the door opened or We saw a movie and then we drove home) or a result (as in If you forget to water the plants, then they will wilt). Than is a very common word used in comparisons, as in She’s a little older than you or This hot sauce is a lot spicier than that one.
Grammatically speaking, then is used as an adverb or adjective, while than is used as a conjunction or preposition.
Perhaps the most common way the two words are confused is when then is used when it should be than, but doing the reverse is also a common mistake.
One way to tell if you’re using the right word is to remember that then is usually used to indicate what comes next, and then and next are both spelled with the letter e.
Here’s an example of then and than used correctly in the same sentence.
Example: If you want to be an expert, then you’ll need more experience than you have now.
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Quiz yourself on then vs. than!
Should then or than be used in the following sentence?
I went to the grocery store, _____ the dry cleaners.
How to use then in a sentence
So then-President George H.W. Bush and other prominent Republicans endorsed Treen in the House runoff.
MIAMI — Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959 after waging a guerilla war against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista.
I gave statements to then-Captain Michael Sheffield on several different occasions.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The certification, which lasts three years, was renewed by then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in 2012.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See|Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We won an unprecedented pardon from then-President Karzai, and Gulnaz was freed.
England alone-then a comparatively weak and insignificant country-stood out against this overwhelming combination.Is Ulster Right?|Anonymous
Do we not see that it is highly requisite that a sweet girl should be now-and-then drawn aside by him?Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Have you now related all the conversation you had at that time with then-Vice President Johnson?
And what conversations, if any, did you have with then-Vice President Johnson?
Wouldst find the fair lady Fate chooses for you?Then search ye this line of wee pin-pricks clear through.Suppers|Paul Pierce
British Dictionary definitions for then
Word Origin for then
Other Idioms and Phrases with then
In addition to the idioms beginning with then
- then again
- then and there
- and then some
- every now and then