Welcome, fellow English speakers

This site has ONE purpose: defining the difference between THAN and THEN.

THAN — Denotes relativity (comparison).

The dog is bigger THAN the cat. You are better THAN he.

Mnemonic — Think comparison.

THEN — Denotes time (logical progression).

I had breakfast THEN I went to work. If this is true, THEN we're in trouble.

Mnemonic — Think time.

In 2009, Google returned a ratio of about 4:1 for “better than you” (correct usage) to “better then you” (incorrect usage). This implies that almost one fifth of the folks trying to choose between the two got it wrong.

In 2013, Google returned a ratio of about 1:10 for “better than you” (correct usage) to “better then you” (incorrect usage). This implies that only one tenth of the folks trying to choose between the two are getting it right.

Should we accept that this is language evolution, or put it down to carelessness?

Dedicated to all you crazy kids for making language fun!