Common mistake rather/other/different then (than)

Common Grammar Mistake: Rather/Other/Different Then (Than)

One frequently made error in English grammar is confusing the words 'then' and 'than'. Although they may sound similar, they have distinct meanings and uses.


'Than' is a conjunction used for making comparisons. It is commonly used to show that one thing is greater, smaller, better, worse, or different from another.

For example:

  • My sister is taller than me.
  • I prefer coffee rather than tea.
  • She is stronger than her brother.


'Then' is often used as a temporal expression indicating time or the order of events. It is commonly used to show a sequence of actions or to express consequence or result.

For example:

  • I will finish my work, and then I will go to the gym.
  • If you study hard, then you will pass the exam.
  • We went to the store, and then we went to the park.

Confusing 'then' and 'than' can lead to misinterpretation of the intended meaning and can result in a grammatically incorrect sentence.

By keeping in mind the difference between these two words, you can avoid this common mistake and improve the clarity of your writing. Lastly, using a grammar checker like Linguix can help you identify and correct such errors effortlessly, ensuring your writing is error-free and polished.

rather/other/different then (than) mistake examples

  • Correct:
    If you bore each other then, heaven help you.
  • Incorrect:
    Single Clicking rather then Double Clicking

    Single Clicking rather than Double Clicking

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