What is the meaning of "than" in the following sentence,

"I wish we could," said Dot.

"Can we look for one tomorrow?"

"Not tomorrow," said Dot's daddy.

"It would take more time than I will have"


Does "It would take more time than I will have" mean " It would take more time in order that I will have" ?

Does "than" in the sentence mean "in order that (in order to)" ?

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    Than is not then. You might try a dictionary. – StoneyB on hiatus Apr 3 '18 at 3:49

In this sentence, than has the normal meaning (Oxford dictionary meaning 1) of introducing the second item of a comparison. Here is a simpler example:

John gets paid more than me

Pay is what's being compared: John is the first item in the comparison, and me is the second item.

It would take more time than I will have

What we are comparing is time: the first item is the amount of time that it will take to look for whatever-it-is, and the second item is the amount time that Dot's father has available tomorrow.

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