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Journal Chacham's Journal: Puzzle: Amount of then and than in a sentence 3

The old question was to puntcuate:

John while James had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher

I just decided to find an equivalent with using then and than. Assuming someone made a mistake in a sentence, and used "then" when "than" was appropriate, and then fixed it to say "than", that is better than using "than" (correctly) and (incorrectly) changing it to "then". Thus:

Then then than is better than than then then.

Well, that's the basic statement, but it can be enclosed and extended into:

If then then than is better than than then then then then then than is what you should use.

Can you do better?

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Puzzle: Amount of then and than in a sentence

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  • Little whiny brat is home sick from school one day, up in his bedroom. "Mom!" he yells downstairs. "Read me a story!"

    Mom yells back up, "How about that one about Australia?"

    "No! That one is stupid!"

    Mom, annoyed, grabs the book about Australia and heads upstairs. Whiny kid sees the book in her hand and says, "Why did you bring that book that I didn't want to be read to from about down under up for?"


  • Mayhaps I am an idiot, but I can't figure out how to punctuate either of those sentences so they make sense.
  • that that is is that that is not is not is that it it is

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