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I'm looking for a sentence with two 'than's in a row. I'm sure they exist but I just can't think of one!

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    Than is restricted to the comparative construction (This one is bigger than that one), and while you can get two comparative constructions in one sentence if you shove hard, this does not result in any grammatical sequences of *than than. Getting several that's in a row is simple, because that has a number of uses; but there's only one than. Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 20:56
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    There are few words less interesting than than.
    – pbasdf
    Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 22:22
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    It turns out that than has two uses. In sentences like Scarcely was the work completed than it was abandoned is means when. Therefore, it should be possible to compose a sentence that will have two thans, one essentially following the other. Very unlikely to produce one that is easy to understand, though. One example could be Scarcely was the work completed, and never earlier than, than it was abandoned.
    – mama
    Commented Feb 8, 2019 at 23:10
  • "Sentence is a longer word than than."
    – Wudang
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 17:35
  • I have to close this as it is setting a precedent for asking "I'm looking for a sentence with the word excavator twice in a row", then asking "I'm looking for a sentence with five fors in a row, then asking "I'm looking for a sentence with ten as in a row. The real question is, why are you looking for it. What could you possibly need it for.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 12:48

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It's extremely contrived, and most will probably consider it completely ungrammatical, but I thought of:

David is more taller than Ben than than Sarah.

Which is to say, the degree by which David is taller than Ben exceeds the degree by which David is taller than Sarah.

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Is there a better word than than to ask this question about?

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    – jimm101
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 14:01
  • This is a sentence with two thans in a row as requested.
    – Jay Moore
    Commented Nov 19, 2019 at 14:40

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