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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."


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

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marked as duplicate by Hugo, Mahnax, Barrie England, Matt E. Эллен, RegDwigнt Jun 27 '12 at 8:52

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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.


"He is greater than 6 ft."

"He always scores better than you."


"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
@shachna, yes... see the updated answer – Tabrez Ahmed Jun 27 '12 at 6:39

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