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After 200 years of innocent if occasional use the preposition than was called into question by 18th century grammarians some 200 years of elaborate reasoning have led to these present day inconsistent conclusions than whom is standard but clumsy. Than definition used as after comparative adjectives and adverbs to introduce the second member of an unequal comparison shes taller than i am see more. Another pair of words that i see misused far more often than not is than and then as with affect and effect than and then are so commonly misused that i suspect that more than mere carelessness is involved. Definition of than introducing the second element in a comparison used in expressions introducing an exception or contrast used in expressions indi. How to use than and then people often misuse the words than and then its a common mistake in part because the words are pronounced similarly or in some cases because you simply dont know the difference. Definition of than written for english language learners from the merriam webster learners dictionary with audio pronunciations usage examples and count noncount noun labels. Usage notes when to use then and than people get tripped up on then and than all the time and why not they look and sound so similar the way to keep the pair straight is to focus on this basic difference than is used when youre talking about comparisons then is used when youre talking about something relating to time. Than thn thn conj 1 used after a comparative adjective or adverb to introduce the second element or clause of an unequal comparison she is a better athlete than i 2 . Differently than never the word from goes with different or differently different to is barely acceptable but different than is shocking english. The difference between than and then free interactive online grammar lesson