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Is it absolutely necessary to use “than” over “then” in a comparison?

Which sentence is grammatically correct?

"I have been here for less then six months."

or

"I have been here for less than six months."

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Have you checked a dictionary? What did it say? –  Hugo Jun 27 '12 at 6:36
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You use 'than', not 'then' while comparing anything (not only time) in this fashion.

Eg.

"He is greater than 6 ft."

"He always scores better than you."

So,

"I have been here for less than six months."

is correct.

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Despite the fact that it is referring to time? –  shachna Jun 27 '12 at 6:37
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@shachna, yes... see the updated answer –  Tabrez Ahmed Jun 27 '12 at 6:39
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