Tutorial Tuesday – Grammar: Than and Then!

Streamed live on Nov 7, 2012

It’s easy to get than and then mixed up. Yes, they sound similar… not exactly alike, but similar. Than rhymes with pan and then rhymes with pen. See?

Two different, separate words. Most of us use them correctly when we speak…. just not when we write. How do we remember which is which? It isn’t too hard.

Than

It’s a conjunction (Remember “Conjunction Junction… what’s your function?” from Schoolhouse Rock?) their used when you are comparing something.

I like cheesecake better than strudel.

Schoolhouse Rock, conjunction junction on YouTube, watch it here:
http://youtu.be/4AyjKgz9tKg

Then

It’s an adverb that deals with time. You use it when you want to tell the order in which something happened or that you should do things. You see it a lot in recipes.

Plate up the noodles and then add the sauce.

Lolly Lolly Lolly Get Your Adverbs Here – Schoolhouse Rock on YouTube, watch it here:
http://youtu.be/14fXm4FOMPM

All you really need to do when you are stuck in the Than or Then quandary is ask yourself… are you comparing something or telling the order in which something occurs. If you find you are not making a comparison, use then. If you are, use than.