I need help settling a bet. On another internet forum one member constantly misused the words 'then' and 'than'. He denied that he did. A bet was made to examine all of his past posts. At contention now is what grammatically the bet entails. The exact wording of the bet was: "How about I find, let's say 15 posts, where you have used those two words incorrectly?"
Twenty-five examples were found where either 'then' or 'than' was misused. The loser refuses to pay because he claims based on the wording of the bet 15 instances must be found where he misuses both words in the same post. Who is correct and why? Thank you in advance!
Jun 2, 2012 - 12:59PM
Re: Help settle a bet!
Mmm, a good question. I'm afraid your friend might have wriggled out of this one.
For the bet to be paid, both words would have to be misused in 15 posts. I suspect there are no posts that satisfy that. Sorry.
There is one small hope for you. In Europe, they go for the spirit of the wording in law and not the exact meaning (Latin law) as we do in the UK and US. If one of you is European, you can claim the spirit of the criteria was known to you both - which I suspect it was. However, that's your only hope. The words mean that an incident of "then" and an incident of "than" is required in a post for it to count.