A preposition is a word used to link nouns, pronouns, or phrases to other words within a sentence. They act to connect the people, objects, time and locations of a sentence. Prepositions are usually short words, and they are normally placed directly in front of nouns. In some cases, you’ll find prepositions in front of gerund verbs. In the first sentence than is similar to a preposition (followed by me, technically in accusative or oblique case), but in the second sentence it is similar to a conjunction because it is followed by a clause with a subject (I, technically in nominative case) and also optionally a verb. These two sentences are both normal usage in modern spoken English.
Past Simple / Present Perfect - Speaking. Share Share by Yuliaa. Adults intermediate EFL English Grammar speaking New Total English Intermediate. Log in required. Log in required. More formats will appear as you play the activity.1 — used to introduce the second or last of two or more things or people that are being compared — used with the comparative form of an adjective or adverb
- She is younger than I am. = (somewhat formal) She is younger than I.
- Both recipes use more salt than mine (does).
- The situation will improve sooner than you think (it will).
- The meeting will end no later than noon. [=it will end at noon or some time before noon]
- Losing weight is easier said than done. [=is difficult to do]
- I would rather go out to dinner than cook at home tonight.
- Your hair looks better (when it's) brown than (when it's) blond.
- She would rather/sooner work four jobs than move out of Manhattan to live somewhere cheaper.
Is Than A Preposition
Complete List Of Prepositionsused to say that something happens immediately after something else
Is Rather Than A Preposition
- Hardly/scarcely had the sun come up than dark clouds began to roll in.
- No sooner had I spoken than he appeared. [=he appeared immediately after I spoke]