The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'them' and 'then'?

What is the difference between 'them' and 'then'?

What is the difference between 'them' and 'then'?

The words them and then are often confused because of their similar spelling. Do you know the difference?

Them means third personal plural pronoun used after a preposition or as the object of a verb when used as a pronoun.

Then means at that time or subsequently when used as an adverb.

A good way to remember the difference is Now and Then. The phrase starts and ends with N.

Out of the two words, 'them' is the most common.



It's easy to mistype words with similar spelling. Them and then look very similar, but they have very different meanings.

Them is the third-person object pronoun. Then is an adverb that means "at a specific moment" or "subsequently."

Should I use 'to enable them to' or 'to enable then to'?

You should use 'to enable them to'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Should I use ', some of them' or ', some of then'?

The correct phrase is ', some of them'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Should I use ', many of them' or ', many of then'?

The correct expression is ', many of them'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'one of them ,' or 'one of then ,'?

The correct phrase is 'one of them ,'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

What's the correct phrase ', most of them' or ', most of then'?

The right expression is ', most of them'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the phrase ', and then the' or ', and them the'?

The right expression is ', and then the'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Which is right ', then , is' or ', them , is'?

The right expression is ', then , is'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should I use ' now and then ' or ' now and them '?

The right expression is ', and then ,'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the correct phrase ', and then to' or ', and them to'?

You should use ', and then to'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct expression ', then , that' or ', them , that'?

The right phrase is ', then , that'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Some synonyms of then are: next, subsequently, at that moment

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of themDictionary Definition of then

Examples of them in a sentence

She gave them to Higginson and her friend Mabel Loomis Todd for editing.
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
Four slave torchbearers arranged themselves in a diamond pattern around them.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
No one disagreed, but Rafe's gaze shifted to where Cassie was busy serving a booth behind them.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
Quickly she opened them again.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
This never failed to affect him and he tried his best to respond in a manner that soothed them.
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

Examples of then in a sentence

It’s an amazing ride as she seeks, and then finds, meaning and connection in her life.
- Some Girls: My Life in a Harem by Jillian Lauren
And then you don't have a bar code at all--a nightmare."
- Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel
Then, “But so are you, in and of yourself.”
- The wandering fire by Guy Gavriel Kay
Then she cocked her head down the hall.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
Maybe we can look into it more then,” Lucy said.
- The Replacement Child by Christine Barber
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