Confusing words: Then and Than

THAN is used in comparative statements.
~ Another pair of words that I see misused far more often than not is than and then.
~ He is taller than I am.
~ Other than the interest on a small inheritance, he had no income.
~ Today’s students certainly do seem to read less than students in previous generations did.
~ We learned more on the playground than we did in the classroom.
~ Despite their lack of flavor, the hothouse tomatoes cost far more than those from the farmers’ market.

THEN is used either as a time marker or with a sequence of events.
~ I took all of the exams in the morning, and thenI spent the rest of the day catching up on sleep.
~ Back thenwe knew what was expected of us.
~ I bought apples from this orchard last summer, but I seem to remember paying more for them then.
~ Look over the study guide first, and then if you still have questions bring them up in class.

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