Quick answer
"Less than" is a phrase which is often translated as "menos que", and "time period" is a noun which is often translated as "el período de tiempo". Learn more about the difference between "less than" and "time period" below.
less than(
lehs
 
thehn
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (comparison)
a. menos que
She is skinnier than her brother, because she eats less than he does.Ella es más flaca que su hermano, porque ella come menos que él.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(comparison)
a. menos de (with numbers)
Don't worry. I will arrive in less than ten minutes.No te preocupes. Llegaré en menos de diez minutos.
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time period(
taym
 
pir
-
i
-
ihd
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (specified length of time)
a. el período de tiempo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What's the time period for the experiment?¿Qué es el período de tiempo para el experimento?
b. la duración
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The extra holiday trains will run for a time period of three months.Los trenes extras para la temporada de fiestas van a correr por una duración de tres meses.
c. el plazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
How many postcards will be sent in each time period?¿Cuántas tarjetas postales van a ser mandados por correo en cada plazo?
2. (moment in time)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In that time period between college and my first job, I was very depressed.En ese momento entre la universidad y mi primer trabajo, estaba muy deprimida.
b. la época
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
In that time period, people didn't have electricity.En esa época, nadie tenía la electricidad.
c. la era
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
It was uncommon to see a woman wearing pants in that time period.Era poco común ver a una mujer llevando pantalones en esta era.
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