Then/Than

What’s the difference between then and than?

Then and than are easily confused in written English. Read on to learn the difference between these little words to help you avoid embarrassing mistakes in your written English. Don‘t forget to test yourself in the free exercises at the end!

Then

Then is an adverb. It can have different meanings depending on the context:

  • at that time in the past
Example:
I was happy then.
  • next, after, after that
Example:
First, we went to the baker’s then the butcher’s then the fruit shop.

Than

Use than to introduce the second part of a comparison.

Examples:
I’m happier than you.
Berlin is bigger than Manchester.