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ELC Blog | Learning English Grammar #6 – “Then & Than”

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This blog post is part of a series of posts that aim to correct common grammar mistakes in the English language. To see all the posts please visit the ELC Brighton Blog.

Learning English Grammar the easy way – “Then & Than”

Let’s move on from the apostrophes now. “Then” and “Than” look and sound very similar but they actually mean different things, but people always get them confused. “Then” is related to time and is used when something follows on from something else or happens after it.

For example -

“I will go to an English language school then I will be able to speak English”=correct

“I will go to an English language school than I will be able to speak English”=incorrect


“Than” is used when comparing one thing to another.

For example -

“That car is bigger than your car”=correct

“That car is biggerthen your car”=incorrect


Connor FitzPatrick is the newest addition to the English Language Centre Brighton and has worked within English language schools since graduating from university. One of his many jobs is ensuring all grammar and language is correct and accurate across ELC’s websites and all its social streams.


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