instead
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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. (general)
a. en lugar de eso
I asked you to help me, and you were watching TV all afternoon instead.Te pedí que me ayudaras y, en lugar de eso, te pasaste la tarde viendo la tele.
b. en vez de eso
If we don't have enough money to buy a house, we could buy an apartment instead.Si no tenemos suficiente dinero para comprar una casa, en vez de eso, podríamos comprar un apartamento.
c. mejor
Do you want to go to a party? - Let's go to the movies instead.¿Quieres ir a una fiesta? - Mejor vamos al cine.
d. en cambio
I thought no one would come to my party; instead, a lot of people came.Pensé que nadie vendría a mi fiesta; en cambio, vino un montón de gente.
e.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I can't go to the store. Could you go instead?No puedo ir a la tienda. ¿Puedes ir en mi lugar?
The girl wanted a pony, but her parents gave her a book instead.La niña quería un pony, pero en su lugar sus papás le regalaron un libro.
f.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I don't want to go to the beach. - Ok, where do you want to go instead?No quiero ir a la playa. - Bueno, ¿adónde quieres ir?
The cake comes with chocolate ice cream. - Can I get strawberry ice cream instead?El pastel viene acompañado de helado de chocolate. - ¿Me puede dar helado de fresa?
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instead
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
1. (general)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
she couldn't come so he came insteadcomo ella no podía venir, vino él en su lugar
I was going to buy the green one but I bought the blue one insteadiba a comprar el verde, pero al final compré el azul
instead ofen vez de, en lugar de
instead of doing somethingen lugar or vez de hacer algo
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instead [ɪnˈsted]
adverb
I was tempted to spend the money, but I put it in the bank instead tuve la tentación de gastar el dinero, pero en lugar de ello or en vez de eso, lo metí en el banco; she wanted to run away, but instead she carried on walking quería echar a correr, pero sin embargo siguió andando; she's allergic to soap, so she uses cleanser instead es alérgica al jabón, así es que usa una crema limpiadora en su lugar; he was busy, so I went instead él estaba ocupado, así es que fui yo en su lugar; we had expected to make £2,000, instead, we barely made £200 esperábamos sacar unas 2.000 libras y en cambio apenas sacamos 200
preposition
instead of en vez de; en lugar de; I used margarine instead of butter usé margarina en vez de or en lugar de mantequilla; we decided to walk instead of taking the bus decidimos andar en vez de or en lugar de tomar el autobús; he went instead of me fue en mi lugar; this is instead of a Christmas present esto hace las veces de regalo de Navidad
why don't we invite Fred instead of Derek? I'm tired of sleeping on the sofa instead of in a nice, warm bed
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