than

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations strong: /ˈðæn/, weak: /ðən/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/ðæn, ðɛn; unstressed ðən, ən/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ᵺan, ᵺen; unstressed ᵺən, ən)



WordReference Collins English Usage © 2020
than
‘than’ used with comparatives
Than is mainly used after comparative adjectives and adverbs.
I am happier than I have ever been.
They had to work harder than expected.
If you use a personal pronoun on its own after than, it must be an object pronoun such as me or him.
My brother is younger than me.
Lamin was shorter than her.
However, if the pronoun is the subject of a clause, you use a subject pronoun.
They knew my past much better than she did.
He's taller than I am.
‘than ever’
You can also use ever or ever before after than. For example, if you say that something is ‘bigger than ever’ or ‘bigger than ever before’, you are emphasizing that it has never been as big as it is now, although it has always been big.
Bill worked harder than ever.
He was now managing a bigger team than ever before.
Be careful
Don't use ‘than’ when you are making comparisons using not as or not so. Don't say, for example, ‘He is not as tall than his sister’. You say ‘He is not as tall as his sister’.
➜ See as ... as
Comparative and superlative adjectives Comparative and superlative adverbs
‘more than’
You use more than to say that the number of people or things in a group is greater than a particular number.
We live in a city of more than a million people.
There are more than two hundred and fifty species of shark.
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You can also use more than in front of some adjectives as a way of emphasizing them. For example, instead of saying ‘If you can come, I shall be very pleased’, you can say ‘If you can come, I shall be more than pleased’. This is a fairly formal use.
I am more than satisfied with my achievements in Australia.
You would be more than welcome.
‘rather than’
You use rather than when you want to compare something that is the case with something that is not.
The company's offices are in London rather than in Nottingham.
She was angry rather than afraid.
➜ See rather
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