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OVERVIEW OF CONJUNCTION THAN

1. used to introduce the second or last of two or more things or people that are being compared. used with the comparative form of an adjective or adverb. Ten is less than 20. She is younger than I am. meaning (somewhat formal) She is younger than I. He can run more quickly than his father (can). Both recipes use more salt than mine (does). The situation will improve sooner than you think (it will). The meeting will end no later than noon. [meaning it will end at noon or some time before noon]. Losing weight is easier said than done. [meaning is difficult to do]. I would rather go out to dinner than cook at home tonight. Your hair looks better (when it’s) brown than (when it’s) blond. She would rather/sooner work four jobs than move out of Manhattan to live somewhere cheaper.

2. used to say that something happens immediately after something else. Hardly/scarcely had the sun come up than dark clouds began to roll in. No sooner had I spoken than he appeared. [meaning he appeared immediately after I spoke]


than (Wikipedia)
For other uses, see Than (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Then (disambiguation).

Than is a grammatical particle analyzed as both a conjunction and a preposition in the English language. It introduces a comparison, and is associated with comparatives and with words such as more, less, and fewer. Typically, it measures the force of an adjective or similar description between two predicates.

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