THEN vs. THAN

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved and Beautiful Asiatic Black Sisters!

The photo pretty much sums it up in a humorous kind of way. But generally, “then” is used to indicate a particular moment in time. “Than” is used for comparative purposes. You would use “then” when you want to tell when something happened and “than” when you are comparing somethings.

For example:

– “I did all my laundry, then I baked a Bean Pie.”

– “The pie I baked this time was better than my last one.”

– “Hakim ate his piece and then asked for more.”

– “I told him he is going to be bigger than I am very soon.”

In the first sentence, “then” indicates that I baked the pie after I finished doing laundry. It tells when something happened (time). The second sentence uses “than” because it is a comparison of the two pies. The third sentence uses “then” because it tells when Hakim asked for more pie. The final sentence uses “than” because it is a statement of comparison between me and my son.

Sisters, we have to be knowledgeable in every area of learning. We are responsible for teaching our children. We must be sure that we are teaching them right. We are also the paradigm of womanhood for the whole universe. We should let no woman beat us in anything when it comes to intelligence. (She can be our equal.) We should never waste time in frivolous trivialities. We should use every moment of our lives improving ourselves. There is no limit to what we can accomplish.

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