Beautiful penmanship and poetic writing can be ruined by jarring grammatical errors. For today’s #WriteWellWednesday we will look at the use of then and than.
Then relates to time and can link two events or refer to an event. You can replace then in the first instance with words like next, or after that. Then could also mean back then.
Clean your pen and then refill it.
Then is also used in the if-then construction to indicate a consequence.
If you don’t clean your pen, then it will clog.
Than is only ever used to make a comparison.
My pen is cleaner than your pen.
An easy way to remember the difference is that both time and then have an E while comparison and than have an A.