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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
than /ðæn, ðɛn; unstressed ðən, ən/USA pronunciation
- (used after comparative adjectives and adverbs and certain other words, such as other, more, etc., to introduce the second part of a comparison):an increase of more than fifty dollars a week; She's taller than I am. The rabbit runs faster than the turtle.
- (used after some adverbs and adjectives that express choices or differences, such as other, otherwise, else, anywhere, different, etc., in order to introduce a choice (including a rejected choice) or to name or show a difference in kind, place, style, identity, etc.):We had no choice other than to return home. I'd rather walk there than drive.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
than /ðæn; (unstressed) ðən/ conj , prep (coordinating)
Etymology: Old English thanne; related to Old Saxon, Old High German thanna; see thenUSAGE
- used to introduce the second element of a comparison, the first element of which expresses difference: shorter than you, couldn't do otherwise than love him, he swims faster than I run
- used after adverbs such as rather or sooner to introduce a rejected alternative in an expression of preference: rather than be imprisoned, I shall die
In formal English, than is usually regarded as a conjunction governing an unexpressed verb: he does it far better than I (do). The case of any pronoun therefore depends on whether it is the subject or object of the unexpressed verb: she likes him more than I (like him); she likes him more than (she likes) me. However in ordinary speech and writing than is usually treated as a preposition and is followed by the object form of a pronoun: my brother is younger than me