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

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


Use than to introduce the second part of a comparison.

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