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Oh the difference one tiny vowel makes. Some things just shouldn’t be set in stone … or allowed to dry in cement. Dr. Grammar explains it well (despite his affection for golf references):

Than is used to indicate comparison or degree.
Example: His drive was longer than mine.
Then
is used to indicate time.

Example: Then he putted out and won the tournament.

Don’t confuse the two. (Please; I’m begging you. Don’t. It bothers me.)

Check out Dr. Grammar’s FAQs page for more succinct explanations of other easily confused words. See my original, seriously annoyed post on iKandy.

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