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"Fairly" is an adverb which is often translated as "con justicia", and "rather" is an adverb which is often translated as "preferir". Learn more about the difference between "fairly" and "rather" below.
fairly(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (justly)
a. con justicia
The prisoners were treated fairly and humanely.Se trató a los prisioneros con justicia y humanamente.
b. justamente
The tribunal decided that the company had acted fairly.El tribunal decidió que la empresa había actuado justamente.
c. con imparcialidad
Everyone has a right to be treated fairly.Todos tienen derecho a ser tratados con imparcialidad.
d. equitativamente
The benefits of economic growth have not been distributed fairly.Los beneficios del crecimiento económico no se distribuyeron equitativamente.
2. (by the rules)
a. limpiamente
We won this election fairly.Hemos ganado estas elecciones limpiamente.
b. limpio
He accused him of not playing fairly.Lo acusó de no jugar limpio.
3. (quite)
a. bastante
Opening a bank account is a fairly straightforward process.Abrir una cuenta bancaria es un proceso bastante sencillo.
4. (as intensifier)
a. verdaderamente
My uncle fairly jumped from his seat at the news of my cousin's marriage.Mi tío verdaderamente saltó del asiento ante la noticia del casamiento de mi primo.
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rather(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (in comparisons)
a. preferir
I would rather die than vote for him.Prefiero morir que votar por él.
2. (quite)
a. bastante
Under the guidance of Pope Francis, the church is becoming rather socially oriented. Bajo la dirección del Papa Francisco, la iglesia se está orientando bastante hacia lo social.
3. (somewhat)
a. algo
I feel rather tired despite having slept for eight hours last night. Me siento algo cansado a pesar de haber dormido ocho horas anoche.
b. poco
She was rather bored during the date. Ella estaba un poco aburrida durante la cita.
4. (more accurately)
a. mejor dicho
He has been in business, or rather at his fruit stand, for 15 years now. Ha tenido un negocio, o mejor dicho un puesto de frutas, ahora por 15 años.
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