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"Greater than" is a phrase which is often translated as "mayor que", and "equal to" is a preposition which is often translated as "igual a". Learn more about the difference between "greater than" and "equal to" below.
greater than
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (bigger or larger than)
a. mayor que
The comedian said in these times the need for comedy is greater than ever.El cómico dijo que en estos tiempos la necesidad de comedia es mayor que nunca.
b. superior a
Losses are greater than expected.Las pérdidas son superiores a lo esperado.
2. (better or more important than)
a. mejor que
Is there anything greater than Beethoven's 5th Symphony? God I love that music!¿Hay algo mejor que la Quinta Sinfonía de Beethoven? ¡Dios, cómo me gusta esa música!
b. superior a
To him, Byron's poetry was greater than any of his contemporaries' works.Para él, la poesía de Byron era superior a cualquiera de las obras de sus contemporáneos.
3. (mathematics)
a. mayor que
The symbol of "greater than" is >.El símbolo de "mayor que" es >.
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equal to(
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
1. (used to express sameness)
a. igual a
His singing ability is equal to mine.Su capacidad para cantar es igual a la mía.
b. lo mismo que
20 Mexican pesos is equal to one American dollar.20 pesos mexicanos son lo mismo que un dólar americano.
2. (indicating preparation)
a. capaz de
You won't be equal to the task if you don't believe in yourself.No serás capaz de cumplir la tarea si no tienes confianza en ti mismo.
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