than CONJUNCTION & PREPOSITION 1) introducing the second element in a comparison. 2) used to introduce an exception or contrast. 3) used in expressions indicating one thing happening immediately after another.
USAGE Traditionally, it has been regarded as wrong to use me and us rather than I and we following the word than: she's younger than I rather than she's younger than me . In modern English, however, the use with me and us is quite acceptable, while I and we are generally only used in formal situations.
ORIGIN Old English, originally the same word as THEN(Cf. ↑then).

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