Than vs. then 1

Most people confuse these words at least once!

Than is used to show a comparison (more than two; I'd rather go to the concert than see a movie). It is also used in the expression other than to show difference (I'll go with anybody other than Fred).

Then usually means at that time or next (Then I left). It may also be used to mean in addition (Then, there are several other reasons.) or therefore (If you feel ill, then you should stay home.). Then can also be used before a title to show that a person held a position in the past (the then manager).

Try this quiz to see if you know the difference between than and then.

1. More swallowtail butterflies are found in Eastern Ontario Placeholder for the answer along Lake Erie.
2. Click on the hyperlink and Placeholder for the answer scroll down the page.
3. Dominique would rather do homework Placeholder for the answer go to the dentist.
4. No one other Placeholder for the answer Abdul saw the comet.
5. John has little free time. He has lots of homework. Placeholder for the answer, on top of that, he has chores and an after-school job.
6. The Placeholder for the answer mayor made history when he agreed to the plans.
7. Azelda is two inches taller Placeholder for the answer Reuben.
8. You haven't finished the report? Placeholder for the answer you'll have to work late.