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    They do here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    They don't sound alike at all.
    I agree. They're spelled similarly, but they sound different.

    Listen:

    Th-ann. Th-ihn.

    Than sounds like "Ann" or "Tan." Then sounds like "Thin" or "Gin."

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    They sound alike to me. I can differentiate them only through the context of the sentence.
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    My guess is that people will enunciate the difference more when they become aware of the proper use. Than Van. Then Ben. Ban Ben. Most people would have trouble confusing that last pair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BallentineChen View Post
    My guess is that people will enunciate the difference more when they become aware of the proper use. Than Van. Then Ben. Ban Ben.
    That's PERFECT. Better than the examples I came up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I agree. They're spelled similarly, but they sound different.

    Listen:

    Th-ann. Th-ihn.

    Than sounds like "Ann" or "Tan." Then sounds like "Thin" or "Gin."


    Isn't then more like "hen" or "ben"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    They don't sound alike at all.
    +2

    Although I had a chuckle at the little lesson in how to use them both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    I agree. They're spelled similarly, but they sound different.

    Listen:

    Th-ann. Th-ihn.

    Than sounds like "Ann" or "Tan." Then sounds like "Thin" or "Gin."
    Yes, that's how they're supposed to sound, but many people (myself included) tend to slur over the words "then" and "than" to the point where it's hard to tell what vowel sound they're using.

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    Obviously it's a problem for some people, because they don't know which version to use when typing. They don't have to "choose" when speaking, because they sound exactly the same (where I live...and probably where these misspellers live), so that laziness in not having to distinguish when speaking mixes things up when having to type.
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