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"Instead of" is a phrase which is often translated as "en vez de", and "than" is a conjunction which is often translated as "que". Learn more about the difference between "instead of" and "than" below.
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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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than(
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (in comparisons)
a. que
My sister sings much better than I do.Mi hermana canta mucho mejor que yo.
2. (with numbers and quantities)
a. de
They offered me more money than I had asked for.Me ofrecieron más dinero de lo que había pedido.
3. (when expressing preference)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
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I can't believe you would rather stay home alone than come to the party with me.No puedo creer que prefieres quedarte en casa sola antes que venir a la fiesta conmigo.
I'd rather do all the work now than be stressed out later.Prefiero hacer todo el trabajo ahora a estar estresado después.
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (in comparisons)
a. que
All of my cousins are taller than me.Todos mis primos son más altos que yo.
5. (with numbers and quantities)
a. de
She has more than 3,000 books in her library.Ella tiene más de 3,000 libros en su biblioteca.
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