Quick answer
"Rather" is an adverb which is often translated as "preferir", and "rather than" is a phrase which is often translated as "en vez de". Learn more about the difference between "rather" and "rather than" below.
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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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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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