Grammar/Spelling Lesson #4: “Then” and “Than”
Listen up! Those who do not learn this one will be shot. Survivors will be lined up and shot again. Twice. With licorice spitballs.
There is a HUGE difference between the words “then” and “than.” HUGE. BIG. ENORMOUS!
“Then” refers to a period of time. “Then” = “at that time.”
“Then” also can mean “in that case.”
“If it doesn’t rain, THEN (in that case) we will go on a picnic.”
“If AngelMay shoots me, THEN (in that case/at that time) I will call the police.”
“The police THEN (at that time) may actually show up to save me.”
“Than” is generally used as a comparison or a contrast.
“I like the blue one better THAN the red one.”
“An elephant is bigger THAN a mouse.”
“Getting shot by AngelMay is easier THAN I thought it would be.”
NEVER put the word “THEN” in any of those sentences – or you will be shot, drawn, and quartered – not necessarily in that order. Calling the police will not help you. Because by THEN I will have reloaded rather THAN waiting around, aimlessly, to be arrested. So don't make me have to do this. I hate licorice!
So there you have it. If you learn this, THEN I will be very happy with you.
And I’d much rather be very happy with you THAN unhappy with you. Got it?
High Five! Fist Bump! Butt Bump! Smooch!
~ AngelMay ~