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Aug 26, 2015

If you would rather improve your English language fluency the easy way rather than fight a continuous battle learning grammar, then Go Natural English is the place for you. At, your American English teacher, Gabby, provides great tips and advice like this on how to learn English better and faster.


Even though the words THEN and THAN can sometimes sound similar, they are very different in meaning and you must learn to use them appropriately if you want to be understood when you speak English. Usually you would use the word THEN when you have one event following another in time. For example, you might say, “I get off work at 5:00 PM and then go bowling with my friends at 6:00 PM.” On the other hand, THAN is used for comparison. For example, “I would much rather eat pizza than tacos.”


English is a fun language to learn and use but you must constantly put yourself in situations where you are forced to use it. Read, write, and speak as much, and as often as you can. You will be surprised at how quickly your English comprehension and fluency will improve.


Episode transcript below:


Hey there! How’s it going?

Welcome to Go Natural English.

Today I have a great tip for you.

It is, “What is the difference between THEN - T-H-E-N and THAN - T-H-A-N?

So, this is a commonly confused point both with English language learners and native English speakers because when we speak English, especially when we’re speaking quickly they sound very similar – THEN THAN, THAN THEN.

So, there’s a little difference but we confuse them pretty often, right?

So, quick answer for you – this is a quick English tip.

If you want to learn more, you can find out about the premium Go Natural English course at, but THEN is to talk about time, right?

So, “I’m going to work out, THEN take a shower.”

“I’m going to eat, THEN get a coffee.”

“I’m going to go to work, THEN meet with my friends.”


THAN is a comparison.

“I like chocolate better THAN vanilla.”

“I like to wake up early better THAN staying up late.”

I’m not sure if that’s true.

Sometimes I like to stay up late too, but anyway, THAN is a comparison.

THEN is to talk about time.

Alright? So I hope that that quick tip is helpful.

Again, if you’d like to learn more, find out about the Go Natural English premium course.

There’s a lot of good things inside including natural English conversations broken down so that you can feel confident in your comprehension and also learn how to speak more like a natural American English speaker – for that course and also you can grab a free eBook guide to help you with your fluency to start with.

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