This post marks the first Grammar Wednesday! Thank you to all of you who encouraged this idea – and thanks to Blue for coming up with it!
Today, we’re going to clear up the question of then vs. than. SassieCassie mentioned it as a question she had, and I see it misused ALL the time in papers written for me by students, so here is an explanation of how to use the words correctly:
THAN is a conjunction used to compare things:
She is older than her sister.
“Uh, “Richard David Kimble, vascular surgeon…” what the hell is that?” “Somebody that makes more money than you.”
THEN is an adverb that describes time and time relationships:
I’ve got to run to the grocery store, then hurry home before the kids get off the bus.
Put on your snowpants first, then pull on your boots.
Does that help?