Quick answer
"Rather" is an adverb which is often translated as "preferir", and "appreciate" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "agradecer". Learn more about the difference between "rather" and "appreciate" below.
rather(
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uhr
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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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appreciate(
uh
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pri
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shi
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eyt
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to be thankful for)
a. agradecer
Thank you friends, we really appreciate your help.Gracias amigos, agradecemos mucho su ayuda.
2. (to value)
a. apreciar
My grandchildren don't appreciate classic rock.Mis nietos no aprecian el rock clásico.
3. (to recognize)
a. darse cuenta de
I don't think you appreciate what still needs to be done.No creo que te des cuenta de lo que todavía queda por hacer.
b. comprender
I appreciate that you were only trying to help, but you should have talked it over with me before doing anything.Comprendo que solo querías ayudar, pero tendrías que haberlo hablado conmigo antes de hacer nada.
c. entender
I do appreciate why you called the police, but I don't know why you didn't speak to me first.Entiendo muy bien por qué llamaste a la policía, pero no sé por qué no hablaste primero conmigo.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to increase in value)
a. revalorizarse
Our stocks have appreciated in value immensely this year.Nuestras acciones se han revalorizado enormemente este año.
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