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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
a. it's better
Para ir de mala gana, más vale no ir.If you're going reluctantly, it's better not to go at all.
b. it'd be better
Como no estamos seguros de por dónde se va, más vale que utilicemos el GPS.Since we're not sure how to get there, it'd be better to use the GPS.
c. it'd be best
Más vale que no se entere mi padre porque se enfadaría muchísimo.It'd be best if my father didn't find out, because it'd make him really mad.
Por fin ha llegado el pedido. - Bueno, como dice el refrán, más vale tarde que nunca.The order has finally arrived. - Well, as the saying goes, better late than never.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Les prometo que el próximo trimestre estudiaré mucho más. - Más te vale. Si no, ya puedes olvidarte del celular nuevo.I promise next term I'll study much more. - You'd better. Otherwise you can forget about a new cellphone.
Más vale que me calle, porque si empiezo no acabo.I'd better shut up, because if I got started there'd be no stopping me.
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