From: Near Portland, OR
ORIGINAL: Marauder Jack
Could somebody go though and fix the uses of "than" and "then"? I don't know if it is a difference between American English and the Queen's English, but they always seem to be used backwards. The word "than" is comparative. Something is bigger, higher, louder THAN the next thing. The word "then" is time dependent. Something is followed THEN by some next event. Sorry, a real pet peeve.
I don't think it has anything to do with the differences between American and the Queen's English. I think the problem is that it's one of the most common grammatical errors.
I'll volunteer to at least help proofread the end product. Than/then bugs me, too. So do "its/it's", "they're/there/their", using "and" where "an" is the correct word, and dozens more. Some people may not care, but when I read something, a lack of proofreading is a serious distraction.
Having editors around is always a good thing.
WitP AE - Test team lead, programmer