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"En lugar de" is a phrase which is often translated as "instead of", and "en vez de" is a preposition which is also often translated as "instead of". Learn more about the difference between "en lugar de" and "en vez de" below.
en lugar de(
ehn
 
loo
-
gahr
 
deh
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (rather than)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no nos echas una mano en lugar de quejarte tanto?Why don't you give us a hand instead of constantly complaining?
2. (as a substitute for)
a. instead of
Alguien tendrá que ir al almuerzo de trabajo con los japoneses en lugar de María.Someone will have to go to the working lunch with the Japanese instead of Maria.
b. in place of
El Real Madrid tenía que encontrar alguien que pudiera jugar en lugar de Zidane.Real Madrid had to find someone who could play in place of Zidane.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Pasé el fin de semana preparando una reunión a la que tenía que acudir el lunes por la mañana en lugar de mi jefa.I spent the weekend preparing a meeting I had to attend on Monday morning in my boss's place.
Lucía no va a llegar a tiempo. Iré yo en su lugar.Lucia is not going to make it. I'll go in her place.
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en vez de(
ehn
 
behs
 
deh
)
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (general)
a. instead of
¿Por qué no me ayudas en vez de quedarte ahí mirando?Why don't you help me instead of sitting there watching?
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