La diferencia entre “que” y “entonces”

La diferencia entre “que” y “entonces”

“Than” y “then” son fáciles de confundir, especialmente si eres un estudiante de inglés.

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  • “Than” se utiliza para introducir una comparación. Por ejemplo:
    • She was smarter than you. ✔️
      (“Than” is used with a comparison.)
  • “Then” se relaciona con el tiempo. Por ejemplo:
    • I was fitter then. ✔️
      (Here, “then” relates to a past time.)
    • Run to the lake then jump in. ✔️
      (Here, “then” relates to a future time.)
  • “Then” significa “en ese caso”. Por ejemplo:
    • If you’re not happy, then leave. ✔️
      (Here, “then” means “in that case.”)

More about “Than” and “Then”

“Entonces” y “que” son palabras comunes, y sus lectores esperarán que use la correcta.

Than

“Than” introduce una comparación. Se ve con mayor frecuencia con comparativos y palabras como “más”, “menos” y “menos”.

  • Craig is smarter than Paul. ✔️
    (“Smarter” is a comparative.)
  • Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. (Actor Woody Allen) ✔️
    (“Better” is a comparative.)
  • Russia is even more spacious than Canada. ✔️
    (“More spacious” is a comparative.)
  • I have less space than you, but I also have fewer workers than you. ✔️

Then

“Entonces” por lo general se relaciona con el tiempo. Se usa más comúnmente como adverbio. “Entonces” tiene tres significados:

(1) Subsequently or afterwards

  • Go to the traffic lights, then turn right. ✔️
  • It went dark, then there was a scream. ✔️
  • The council members argued for three days then eventually came to a decision. ✔️

(2) As a consequence or in that case.

  • If you had cleaned your teeth properly, then you wouldn’t be in this predicament. ✔️
  • You’re certain then? ✔️
  • If that’s how you feel, let it go then. ✔️

(3) At that time or that time.

  • I was much fitter back then. ✔️
  • She used to holiday in Sri Lanka as it was then known. ✔️
  • The schedule will be completed before then. ✔️
  • It was the responsibility of the then team captain to account for the trophies in the cabinet. ✔️
    (In this example, “then” is an adjective.)

It’s a Bad Mistake for a Native Speaker

Los hablantes de inglés no nativos son particularmente propensos a confundir “que” y “entonces”. Un hablante nativo de inglés que confunde estas palabras constituye un aullador gramatical.

Comparisons Involving Time

Las comparaciones que involucran tiempo tienden a atraer este error. Recuerde usar “que” para las comparaciones, incluidas las relacionadas con el tiempo.

  • Winter is later then autumn. ❌
  • Winter is later than autumn. ✔️

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