Wrong Word Wednesday #30

Every week I will demonstrate an example of poor English where a different word is used from the one intended. Sometimes this creates a grammatically incorrect sentence. Unfortunately, the mistake is usually so pervasive that we all do it and such errors are usually made by those who should know better – journalists working for national or global media outlets such as newspapers and television

Then / Than

Yes, it is an absolute tragedy that I must be writing this WWW at all. I don’t want to do this, I shouldn’t have to do this. Blame it on the text speak say I! Whatever happened to a good basic level of English? Don’t they teach well good English in schools no more? ;-) Perhaps it is just a Facebook thing (as it is the place this error seems to be most common); if I had a penny every time I had to correct it, well let’s just say I could retire.

Than – Conjunction used as a comparative. My brother is taller than I am. I am poorer than I was this time last year. The standard of English now is worse than when I was at school

Then – Adverb used to denote chronology – something follows something. Go across the park then turn left when you get to the fountain. Once you have eaten your greens, then you can have a pudding. So what did you do then?

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9 thoughts on “Wrong Word Wednesday #30

  1. I think people are just lazy and don’ t bother to fix their typos. I guess. Do you think they truly do not know the difference?

  2. I have to say I’ve never seen this one… or if I have my dyslexia has made me contextually ignore it.
    I think it likely that if its mainly a Facebook thing then it could be down to spool chuckers and auto-neglect as most folks use their phones to FB.
    Certainly my own iPhone denies that the three letter word for sick exists replacing it with ” I’ll ” EVERY time… I could believe a then/than auto-corrupt exists.

  3. Ah, Facebook… It’s as if social networking causes one to disregard grammar and type with complete and utter abandonment. LOL. Funny enough, here in the South grammar is more of a suggestion. ;) Happy Valentine’s day, Matt.

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