When do you use then vs than?

Then and than are two commonly confused words with different meanings and grammatical roles.

  • Then (pronounced with a short “e” sound) refers to time. It’s often an adverb, but it can also be used as a noun meaning “that time” and as an adjective referring to a previous status.
  • Than (pronounced with a short “a” sound) is used for comparisons. Grammatically, it usually functions as a conjunction, but sometimes it’s a preposition.
Examples: Then in a sentence Examples: Than in a sentence
Mix the dry ingredients first, and then add the wet ingredients. Max is a better saxophonist than you.
I was working as a teacher then. I usually like coaching a team more than I like playing soccer myself.