Common mistake ..., than (then)

Common Grammar Mistakes: Than vs Then

One of the most common grammar mistakes that people make is confusing the words "than" and "then." These two words may sound similar, but they have completely different meanings and should be used in different contexts.


"Than" is a conjunction used to compare things. It is used to indicate a comparison between two or more items, people, or actions.

  • She is taller than her brother.
  • I would rather go to the beach than stay at home.
  • This book is more interesting than that one.


"Then" is an adverb used to indicate a sequence of events or a specific time.

  • I will finish my work, and then we can go out for dinner.
  • We went to the movies, and then we had dinner.
  • If you want to join the party, you will have to RSVP by Tuesday, and then we will send you the details.

It's important to remember that "than" is used in comparisons, while "then" is used to show the order of events or indicate a specific time.

One tool that can help you avoid these mistakes is the Linguix grammar checker. With Linguix, you can easily identify and correct grammar errors, including the misuse of "than" and "then."

..., than (then) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    If we want to eat, than we need to get some money.

    If we want to eat, then we need to get some money.

  • Correct:
    It's not much more, in fact, than the return that is offered on U. S. Treasury bonds.
  • Correct:
    Most people are rather afraid of facing their mistakes, than of making mistakes.
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