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Do you know the difference between "then" & "than"?

Asked by Meatwad (143points) September 2nd, 2008 from iPhone

I’ve seen countless people here on fluther using then, where they should use than! What gives? Are people really that ignorant?

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simone54's avatar

Then refers to time.

Than is for comparison.


greylisa's avatar

then = next / following

than = either / or

stratman37's avatar

shh! you can just hear our beloved English language go right down the crapper!

lefteh's avatar

Either/or? I’m not sure I follow that one.

simone has it right for most circumstances.

augustlan's avatar

Yes, people really are that ignorant ;)
Really, I think sometimes it’s just a “brain fart” and sometimes a genuine lack of understanding.

jrpowell's avatar

Or sometimes we are doing two things at once and make a mistake.

lefteh's avatar

Than how come it keeps happening over and over? It seems like ignorance more then just a slip-up once in a while.

stratman37's avatar

JP, if you’re doing two things at once, than stop it! :-)

stratman37's avatar

I like this thread better then most.

Meatwad's avatar

Well than, I’m glad I asked!

Eye didn’t no their where so many idiots.

stratman37's avatar

sorry, lefteh, I didn’t see your answers before I plunged in. I’m not one to step on someone else’s puns.

lefteh's avatar

It’s okay. Grate minds think alike.

[going to bed now, before I say anything else stupid]

stratman37's avatar

Put down the pun, and no one gets hurt!

JackAdams's avatar

Now, will someone mention YOUR and YOU’RE? And how about YORE?

September 3, 2008, 2:03 AM EDT

stratman37's avatar

well, since we’re veering a bit, I can’t stand when someone bastardizes “couldn’t care less”!

augustlan's avatar

@strat: I do that ALL THE TIME when I’m talking…always catch and correct myself, but 20 years of hearing it the wrong way is so hard to undo! I don’t do it when I’m writing, though, so that’s something, right?

JackAdams's avatar

I have opened Pandora’s box.

Apologies are offered.

September 3, 2008, 2:06 AM EDT

stratman37's avatar

yeah, let’s just shut that baby before we waste too much time NOT enriching our lives, as is the custom here in Flutherville.

JackAdams's avatar

“So let it be written; so let it be done.”

September 3, 2008, 2:13 AM EDT

JackAdams's avatar

I like to quote Yul Brynner, whenever possible.

September 3, 2008, 2:16 AM EDT

stratman37's avatar

I think Moses shall have been a FOOL! Etc, etc, etc!

marinelife's avatar

Here’s a tip from a lesson on distinguishing between the two:

“The Bottom Line

Than is used only in comparisons, so if you’re comparing something use than. If not, then you have to use then. What could be easier than that?”

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