Is it "play better than" or "play better then" as response to "we can't lose this"? Now I am writing stuff to meet the quality standards of posts.
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You would use "Play better, then" in this case. You're implying the rest of the sentence - in full it would be "If we can't lose this, then [you should] play better".
"Play better than" would not make sense in this context.
As a standalone answer "play better then" is the right option.
You use "than" when you compare between different things. That means when using "than", you have to name the other object. So in your case it might be
We can't lose this! - Play better than our opponent!
or even using both "then" and "than":
We can't lose this! - Then play better than our opponent!