Valentine’s Day

Substituting “then” for “than” (and vice versa) is a common mistake.

So everyone knows:

Than is used for comparisons. It is a subordinating conjunction.

Then is used for time. It is a conjunctive adverb that joins two clauses (which are, naturally, separated by time).

Be careful:

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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27 Responses to Valentine’s Day

  1. hollybernabe says:

    Classic! I love it. It’s funny how a misspelled word (or using the wrong word entirely) can entirely change the meaning of a love note. My sister’s ex called her “sweaty” instead of “sweetie”. Saying, “I wish you were with me, sweaty,” implies a desire for knockin’ boots. She knew what he meant (he was out of town) and thought it was cute, but I about died laughing. If that had been the only instance of it, he may have meant the implication, but since it was peppered throughout, it was obviously a misspelling.

  2. How do you come up with these brilliant examples?! Poor bloke, not even aware of his lapse, hahaha. Happy V Day to you too!

  3. olletron says:

    This is brilliant 😀 When I see an error like this, it makes me gag D:. Or hear it for that matter, because you can tell the difference even in speech.

  4. J. Ploober says:

    Haha! Love the reflection in the close up of her eye!

  5. The best Valentine’s post in the entire world.

  6. Russ Nickel says:

    Reading this post makes me want to laugh more then be thrown off a cliff into the ocean.

  7. angriestpear says:

    Hahahahaha! That is one of my biggest peeves!

  8. Probably not the magic carpet ride he imagined to get

  9. R.J. Foster says:

    Brilliant! Another example of how spell-check can kill a presentation…and the presenter!
    Happy Valentine’s Day (!!!

  10. Amirh says:

    I love your blog so much — more then life itself 🙂

  11. Amirh says:

    I also tell language-loving friends about it every now and than!

  12. I read it than I read it again because I enjoyed it so much. Even better then your last post. 🙂

  13. Evelyn Smith says:

    Wow, I didn’t know Valentines Day could be that dangerous 🙂


  14. suzymarie56 says:

    I especially like the fact that he gets thrown off the cliff in a rug. Brilliant!

  15. Better safe then sorry…it just doesn’t get any better then this…God, stop me now…

  16. There should always be a little murder to go with romance.

  17. Bob T Panda says:

    Who ever thought grammar would be funny? Mine certainly wasn’t.

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