What are there a difference between the following sentences?
They are pronounced the same or? Maybe it depends on the dialect?

A: Are you sure 'x' is "greater than" 'y'.
B: Are you sure 'x' is "greater then" 'y'.

I guess that 'A' should always be used, but wouldn't 'B' do just fine?
Would 'A' imply relative to size vs 'B' relative to time (since)?

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    No, "greater then" is simply a mistake.
    – GEdgar
    Mar 26, 2020 at 0:25

1 Answer 1


than is the word you use for comparisons in quantity ("3 is bigger than 2") or quality ("chocolate is better than vanilla")

then has multiple uses, but all of them relate to time, sequence, or conditionality:

  • time: "See you then!", "Back then, there were no computers"
  • sequence: "First I boil some water, then I add a teabag", "Then what happened?"
  • conditionality: "If you give me a dollar, then I'll give you this apple."

So "greater then" is incorrect. Even native speakers often mess this up. In some dialects, than and then are pronounced the same, which contributes to the confusion.


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