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?