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"Es mejor" is a phrase which is often translated as "he's better", and "mejor" is an adjective which is often translated as "better". Learn more about the difference between "es mejor" and "mejor" below.
es mejor(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. he's better
En el tenis, él es mejor que tú.He's better than you at tennis.
b. she's better
Marisa no debería ser la actriz principal. Es mejor en un rol secundario.Marisa should not be the lead actress. She's better in a supporting role.
c. it's better
Creo que es mejor hacer las cosas de esta manera.I think it's better to do things this way.
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mejor(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (improved or superior)
a. better (comparative)
Mi batido es mejor que el tuyo.My milkshake is better than yours.
Este cuadro es mejor que el otro que pintaste.This painting is better than the other one you painted.
b. best (superlative)
¡Es la mejor fiesta del mundo!This is the best party in the world!
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
2. (in an improved or superior way)
a. better (comparative)
Me siento mejor que ayer.I feel better than yesterday.
Ella canta mejor que tú.She sings better than you.
b. best (superlative)
Haz lo mejor que puedas.Do the best you can.
3. (preferably)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mejor decírselo, yo creo.I think it would be better to tell them.
Mejor vamos otro día.We'd better go another day.
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