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"Instead of" is a phrase which is often translated as "en vez de", and "rather than" is a phrase which is also often translated as "en vez de". Learn more about the difference between "instead of" and "rather than" below.
instead of(
ihn
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stehd
 
uhv
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in lieu of)
a. en vez de
Instead of having to cook dinner, let's eat out.En vez de tener que preparar la cena, vamos a cenar fuera.
b. en lugar de
Why don't we go to the mountains instead of to the beach this summer?¿Por qué no vamos a la montaña en lugar de a la playa este verano?
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rather than(
rahth
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uhr
 
thahn
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (instead of)
a. en vez de
I'm going to go to Puerto Vallarta rather than Acapulco this year.Voy a ir a Puerto Vallarta en vez de Acapulco este año.
b. más bien que
We're colleagues rather than friends.Somos colegas más bien que amigos.
c. antes que
I'd sooner go shopping rather than visit museums with you.Prefiero ir de compras antes que visitar museos contigo.
d. en lugar de
He always seems to be scolding rather than giving advice.Siempre parece estar regañando en lugar de dar consejos.
e. y no
We need to solve the problems we have rather than create new ones.Necesitamos resolver los problemas que tenemos y no crear nuevos.
f. más que
I prefer dancing rather than singing.Prefiero bailar más que cantar.
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