Than vs Then


What is the correct usage: bigger then or bigger than? When the context is that of a comparison, use "than"; in most other cases, especially when used in the context of time or the order in which events occur, the correct usage is "then". An easy way to remember is that "when" correlates with "then" (i.e. it relates to time). Another is "Thank God, who is bigger than me."

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Meaning Used for comparison Related to time or the order in which things occur
Used as A conjunction or a preposition An adverb, adjective, a noun or an idiom

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  1. at that time: Prices were lower then.
  2. immediately or soon afterward: The rain stopped and then started again.
  3. next in order of time: We ate, then we started home.
  4. at the same time: At first the water seemed blue, then gray.
  5. next in order of place: Standing beside Charlie is my uncle, then my cousin, then my brother.
  6. in addition; besides; also: I love my job, and then it pays so well.
  7. in that case; as a consequence; in those circumstances: If you're sick, then you should stay in bed.
  8. since that is so; as it appears; therefore: You have, then, found the mistake? You are leaving tonight then.


  1. existing or being at the time indicated: the then prime minister.


  1. that time: We have not been back since then. Or Till then, farewell.


  1. but then, but on the other hand: I found their conversation very dull, but then I have different tastes.
  2. then and there, at that precise time and place; at once; on the spot: I started to pack my things right then and there. Also, there and then.



  1. (used, as after comparative adjectives and adverbs, to introduce the second member of an unequal comparison): She's taller than I am.
  2. (used after some adverbs and adjectives expressing choice or diversity, such as other, otherwise, else, anywhere, or different, to introduce an alternative or denote a difference in kind, place, style, identity, etc.): I had no choice other than that. Or You won't find such freedom anywhere else than in this country.
  3. (used to introduce the rejected choice in expressions of preference): I'd rather walk than drive there.
  4. except; other than: We had no choice than to return home.
  5. when: We had barely arrived than we had to leave again.


  1. in relation to; by comparison with (usually fol. by a pronoun in the objective case): He is a person than whom I can imagine no one more courteous. Very rare and archaic usage.

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  1. than. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved July 05, 2007
  2. then. (n.d.). Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved July 05, 2007

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September 24, 2013, 9:02pm

I was afraid to go further then/than 10 miles from my house.

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August 26, 2013, 12:14pm

must be a problem of the younger generation, anyone who learns it properly in school won´t have a problem with this. having english as a 2nd language also helps in the way that you would need to translate it 1st to get the right meaning in the current situation.

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July 28, 2012, 10:18pm

How about this: "If he forgave you then he is a bigger man than me."

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July 20, 2012, 6:34pm

The EASIEST way to remember the difference is that 'then' rhymes with 'when', so you can refer it to the time sense.

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October 18, 2011, 3:15pm

Wow this very helpful can you help with difference of a lot and alot

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