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Common Mistakes in English - Then vs. Than

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  • 'Then' and 'than' sound very similar but are slightly different. As such, they are commonly confused in English. Learn the difference between the time expression 'then' and the 'than' which is used in the comparative form.

    Then vs. Than

    Then is used as a time expression.

    Examples:

    I'll see you then.
    I'll be at the party. We can speak then.

    Note: It is not used in the form "different than" which is used for comparisons.

    Than is used for comparisons.

    Examples:

    He's lived here longer than I have.
    His skills are very different than mine.

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