I’ve seen a lot of people using these words incorrectly. So how can you remember the difference? (Tip: take a close look at the letters in bold.)
‘Then’ means ‘next’ or ‘at that time‘. For example: We organised the meeting and then we started working on our new project. Everything was so much easier back then.
‘Than’ is used in a comparison. For example: The new office chairs are more expensive than the old ones. They are much nicer than the old ones.
Some people seem to mix these up so I wanted to explain them today.
We use ‘a‘ before a word that begins with a consonant sound (such as ‘a bag’, ‘a European trip’, a ‘used car’) and we use ‘an‘ before a word that begins with a vowel sound (such as ‘an apple’, ‘an hour’, ‘an Indian meal’).
My tip for you … Just speak the words out loud before you write them down. Actually, I do that quite a lot! 😉
Here’s a little quiz I found on the spiegel.de website. Do you know the vocabulary and grammar you need when presenting yourself?
Just follow the link to get started. Please note that you’ll need to understand German to do the quiz though.
Let’s see if you spotted the mistakes yesterday …
- You are (or you’re) the best person for the job. (Your the best person for the job.)
- My colleagues and I are going to give you a short presentation. (Me and my colleagues are going to give you a short presentation.)
- They invited my colleague and me to visit their factory. (They invited my colleague and I to visit their factory.)
- I’ll be there. Don’t worry. (I’ll be their. Don’t worry.)
Here’s a quick test for you. Can you find the mistakes in these sentences? There’s one mistake in each! You’ll get the answers in tomorrow’s post.
- Your the best person for the job.
- Me and my colleagues are going to give you a short presentation.
- They invited my colleague and I to visit their factory.
- I’ll be their. Don’t worry.