than Definition

  • 1introduces the second element in a comparison
  • 2used in expressions introducing an exception or contrast

Using than: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "than" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She is taller than her brother.

  • Example

    I'd rather go for a walk than watch TV.

  • Example

    He is more intelligent than I am.

  • Example

    She is younger than me.

Origins of than

Old English 'þanne', related to German 'dann' and Dutch 'dan'


Summary: than in Brief

The word 'than' [ðæn] is a conjunction used to introduce the second element in a comparison. It is also used to introduce an exception or contrast. For example, 'She is taller than her brother,' and 'I'd rather go for a walk than watch TV.'

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