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conjunction, preposition strongthan pronunciation in American English /ðæn/ weakthan pronunciation in American English /ðən/
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Than can be used in the following ways:
as a conjunction (connecting two clauses or phrases): We shouldn’t spend more than we earn.
as a preposition (followed by a noun): I’m taller than my dad. (followed by a number): A crowd of more than 10,000 had gathered. Object pronouns are normally used after than: He was three years older than me. Some people think that it is more correct to use subject pronouns after than, but this sounds very formal and old-fashioned: No one could have worked harder than she.
Than is used especially after a comparative adjective or adverb.
 
  1. 1
    used when making comparisons
    Nylon is considerably stronger than cotton.
    Diesel fuel was less expensive than gasoline.
    Is the world a safer place than it was a year ago?
    We don’t want to do more than is necessary.
  2. 2
    used when you are saying that a particular number or amount is above or below a certain level
    more/less than: No one should have to wait more than 24 hours to see a doctor.
    a small town of less than 5,000 people
  3. 3
    used for saying that one description or possibility is preferred to another
    It was more a friendly warning than a threat.
    Most criminals would rather go to prison than meet their victims.

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