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"If a size '2' is beautiful, than my size '22' must be glorious."

I believe the word "then" should've been used instead of "than". Correct?

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Where did you get this from? Yes, you're correct. General reference. –  J.R. Apr 27 '12 at 11:28
    
From a picture of a woman holding up a sign saying this quote –  Dan B Apr 27 '12 at 11:30
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You are right of course.

Then is used to demonstrate a sequence:

Then has numerous meanings:
1. At that point in time, e.g.: I wasn't ready then.
2. Next, afterward, e.g.: Do your homework and then go to bed
3. In addition, also, on top of that, e.g.: It cost $5,000, and then there's tax too
4. In that case, therefore (often with "if"), e.g.: If you want to go, then you'll have to finish your homework.

Meaning 4 would apply to "then" in the O.P.'s quote.

Than is used in a comparison:

Unlike then, than is not used to indicate a sequence, but in comparative statements.

E.g.: Tom is smarter than Bill.

Sources: elearningenglish and grammartips

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Well, one could quibble that "than" CAN be related to time. Like you could write, "Al arrived later than Mary." The point is that it's used to identify the "target" of a comparison. –  Jay Apr 27 '12 at 13:56
    
@Jay: In that case, you could use "then" in a comparison related sentence as well: We first compared length, then we compared size. –  djerry Apr 27 '12 at 14:26
    
Ironically, by talking about time vs. comparisons, the error would be easy to make. After all, aren't we "comparing" a Size 2 with a Size 22? No, instead we're drawing a conclusion, so then is used. (I've edited the answer to remove the "time" requirement for then.) –  J.R. Apr 27 '12 at 15:09
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