This is part of the dif­fer­ence between series.

Anoth­er com­mon pair of words I see mixed up is “then” and “than”. Luck­i­ly, telling the dif­fer­ence is easy.

Then” is always used in ref­er­ence to a sequence of events, as in:

We went to the store, then we came home

Than”, on the oth­er hand, is used to com­pare things, as in:

My dad is stronger than your dad.

A trick to remem­ber­ing them is “then” has an “e”, and “event” starts with an “e”.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness. Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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