What is the difference between “than” and “then”?
We use “than” when we compare two things.
In contrast, we use “then” to talk about time.
A: Let’s get some ice cream later.
B: Sure. When?
A: How about 3:00?
B: Okay. See you then.
We also use “then” to mean “next” or “after that.”
- First, they designed the house. Then, they built it.
- First, they prepared the foundation. Then, they framed the house.
Native speakers also use “then” conversationally to mean “if that’s true.”
A: You looking for a fight?
A: Stop staring at me then.
A: I beat you. I’m the winner.
B: No, you aren’t!
A: No? Then stand up and fight!
A: Those girls are beautiful.
B: Then why don’t you ask one for her number?
A: Because the blonde is dating my best friend.
B: Ask the brunette then.