Writing tip: Then or than?
Are you unsure about when to use then or than in your writing? Remember that then indicates a shift in time (e.g., I came to work, and then I went home), whereas than indicates a comparison (e.g., My dog would rather run off-leash than walk next to me). For example:
- My grades are better this semester than last semester.
- We're having dinner first and then we'll watch the movie.
- Her choice of ice cream seemed unusual, but then I remembered that she likes chocolate better than vanilla.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this tip or any other writing-related matter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Writing centre co-ordinator