Sunday, June 7, 2015

QUICK TIP: The difference between THeN and THaN.

A friend of mine recommended this post as many excellent English as a Second Language (ESL) speakers (such as himself) have trouble with these little words because the only difference is one, little, itty-bitty letter.


Usage=Next, after OR used in a sequence of events.

  • "After baking the cake at 220 degrees for 20 minutes, leave to cool.  Then add the frosting."
  • "I will go to work early, and then, after lunch I will meet you at the café to catch up on the current projects your office is doing."
  • "First you must call the agency and request an extension; then, you must effect payment online as soon as possible.  After that, your request will have been processed.



  • Everyone is shorter than I am.
  • Group A was better than Group B.
  • Comparatives are more difficult than superlatives.

Does the difference between THeN and THaN make sense now?  

I sure hope so...Don't forget how important those little, itty-bitty letters are!

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