Are you wondering whether to spell the phrase ‘more then’ or ‘more than’? We can clear that up, plus teach you how to use the correct spelling of the phrase in a sentence.
Need a quick answer? Here it is:
You should never use ‘more then’ in your writing.
As you learned, ‘more then’ is ungrammatical and incorrect. ‘More than’ is the only way to spell the phrase correctly.
You can use ‘more’ and ‘then’ separately in a sentence, but together, they just don’t make sense.
Take a look at an example of how it might work in a sentence:
If you can remember the difference between the homophones ‘then’ and ‘than,’ you should have no problem distinguishing between these two phrases.
You might know that ‘than’ is used as a function word to indicate that something is different than something else.
‘Then’ refers to a time that something may or may not occur.
The Merriam-Webster definition of the phrase is: “to a great degree: very: extremely” and “often in a clause followed by another clause that gives more information or limits the “more than” clause in some way.”
It’s what’s considered an idiom.
An idiom is simply a group of words that have a meaning not completely apparent based on the individual words (e.g., raining cats and dogs, seeing the light ).
Are you wondering how to pronounce the phrase? Here’s a short guide.
Now that we know what the idiom means and how to pronounce it let’s look at some examples of how to use it in a sentence.
To recap, we’ve learned that ‘more then’ is ungrammatical and incorrect and that the only way to spell this phrase correctly would be with ‘then.’ Therefore, you should avoid using this spelling of the phrase.
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