Then relates to time.|
Than is used to introduce a comparison.
Than and ThenThe words then and than look similar, but their uses are very different.
ThenThe word then usually relates to time. It is most commonly used as an adverb. It has the following meanings:
ThanThe word than introduces a comparison. It is most often seen with comparatives and words like more, less and fewer.
Craig is smarter than Paul.
(Smarter is a comparative.)
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. (Woody Allen quote)
(Better is a comparative.)
Russia is even more spacious than Canada.
(More spacious is a comparative.)
I have less space than you, but I also have fewer workers than you.
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Those with English as a second language are particularly prone to confusing than and then. A native English speaker confusing these words constitutes a grammatical howler.
COMPARISONS INVOLVING TIME
Comparisons involving time tend to attract this error. Remember, use than for comparisons, including those involving time.
Winter is later then autumn.
Winter is later than autumn.