If Not _______ Then ______

If my delightful new Twee cover band was not already called “Crunchy Not Awesome” then we would be called “Disaffected Kitten”.

 

 

Also, I never remember when it’s appropriate to use “then” as opposed to “than”.

Grammar people: please assist.

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6 thoughts on “If Not _______ Then ______

  1. I believe that you use “than” when there is a comparison-Better blue than yellow….your blogs are better than sunshine on a cloudy day……then, there is always……

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  2. So my blog title today is only grammatically correct in the sense that I’m discussing my band name, and if we were not named “Crunchy Not Awesome ” *thEn* we would be named “Disaffected Kitten”. However, wwithout the context, in most cases, my title would actually be grammatically *incorrect* as it implies comparison.

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  3. Then is a chronological ordering of things, or an implication of cause-effectiness. If this, then that. First this, then that. Than is a comparison or qualifier, exclusively. More of this than that. Fewer than x amount.
    Rather than than, try then. But beware, more than one then just sounds silly.

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  4. Yep. Than is a niche word for when comparing something. X is better THAN y, y is worse THAN x.

    Then is more common. Time based directions/ discriptions. I was here, THEN I went there. I demand you do this THEN do that.

    Hope redundancy helped a little.

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