‘Than’ and ‘That’

So what’s with the increasing use of that where is seems to me than should be used. Such as in this sentence.

“And frankly, it’s much better to have the Saudis engaged that not engaged in Iraq.”

It seems to me that than should have been used as the sentence presents a comparison. Am I wrong?

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3 responses to “‘Than’ and ‘That’

  1. You are correctemundo. Are you sure it’s not just a typo?

  2. It could be a typo, but I’ve noticed more and more of that usage where it seems to me than should be used.

    And while I’m at it, I see more and more of incorrect usage of compound personal pronouns. Such as “please return to myself” or “George and myself.”

  3. leucopogon

    God! Glad I finally found someone who’s noticed this linguistic phenomenon as well. It really annoys me senseless.

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