menos que
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menos que(
meh
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nohs
 
keh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (a smaller quantity than)
a. less than
A este pastel le he puesto menos mantequilla que al otro.I've put less butter in this cake than in the other one.
2. (a smaller number than)
a. fewer than
Hoy como es domingo, había menos gente que ayer en el centro.Today being Sunday, there were fewer people than yesterday downtown.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Son menos que nosotros, pero ellos están mucho más en forma.There are fewer of them than us, but they're much fitter.
Esta tarde somos menos que esta mañana, porque hay gente que tenía que irse a trabajar.This evening there are fewer of us than this morning, because some people had to go to work.
3. (inferior to)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me dije a mí misma, "¿Por qué voy a ser yo menos que nadie?", y solicité el trabajo.I told myself, "Why should I be less than anyone else?", and applied for the job.
El que tú tengas más dinero que ella no la hace menos persona que tú.The fact that you have more money than she does doesn't make her less of a person than you.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
4. (to a smaller degree than)
a. less than
Si haces menos ejercicio que antes, ¿cómo es posible que no aumentes de peso?If you're exercising less than before, how come you haven't put on any weight?
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
5. (a smaller quantity than)
a. less than
Tú sabes que yo como poco. Ponme mucho menos que a él, por favor.You know I don't eat much. Give me much less than you've given him, please.
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