Why do these sentences create different meanings?
Than is used in comparisons.
- Ray is smarter than Chris.
- Is Jane taller than you?
Then has numerous meanings. The meanings, with examples, are given below.
1. At that point in time
- I wasn’t mature enough then to realize that completing homework was important.
2. Next/ afterward (sequence)
- Do your homework and then go to play.
3. In addition/ also
- I need to finish my science project and then there is the math homework too.
4. In that case, therefore (often with “if”)
- If you want to go to play, then you’ll have to finish your homework.