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"Better" is an adjective which is often translated as "mejor", and "be better off" is an intransitive verb phrase which is often translated as "estar mejor". Learn more about the difference between "better" and "be better off" below.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (in comparisons)
a. mejor
I think the blue cushion is better for your sofa than the yellow.Creo que el almohadón azul es mejor para tu sofá que el amarillo.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (in comparisons)
a. mejor
Everybody in the band can sing better than me.Todos en la banda pueden cantar mejor que yo.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (superior of two)
a. el mejor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la mejor
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She is the better of the two sisters at dancing.Es la mejor de las dos hermanas en baile.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to improve)
a. mejorar
She bettered herself with great effort.Mejoró su posición con un gran esfuerzo.
betters
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (superiors)
a. los superiores
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I was shocked to see him talk to his betters in that way.Me sorprendió verlo hablar así a sus superiores.
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be better off(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (to have more money)
a. estar mejor
I got a new job and now we're better off.Conseguí un nuevo trabajo y ahora estamos mejor.
b. irle mejor
Now that he's better off, Michael is saving to buy a car.Ahora que le va mejor, Michael está ahorrando para comprar un coche.
2. (to be in a better position)
a. estar mejor
I think you're better off without her. You were always arguing.Creo que estás mejor sin ella. No paraban de pelearse.
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