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 Post subject: Galanity's Grammar: Then / Than
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:43 pm 
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Hello again everyone, it's time for another scintillating edition of Galanity's Grammar. Let's take a look at then and than.

ThAn (with an "a") is a conjunction used for comparisons. One thing is better than another. Example:
Writing well is better than writing poorly.

ThEn (with an "e") has more possible meanings. One of the most common is time-based ordering. This happened, then that happened, then something else happened. Thus:
Mike and Rose celebrated their anniversary by going to dinner, then dancing.

Then can also mean one specific point in time.
We'll meet for a motorcycle ride at 10am. I'll see you then.

Another use is additions to another statement.
The scuba dive cost $70, and then there was tank rental.
If you want to ride with our motorcycle group, then you'll have to wear full protective gear.

The basic rule is easy: Than (with "a") is only used in comparisons. Everything else gets then.

So simple!

Last edited by EQPlayer on Mon Aug 30, 2010 9:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Galanity's Grammar: Then / Than
PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:24 pm 
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Another good one. I don't have trouble with these except when my brain is going faster than my fingers. Then, even I can slip and put the wrong one. But I do know better :P


Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back * up. ~Maxine

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