In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(in comparisons)quedeI'm feeling better than I was — me siento mejor que antes
- the situation is even worse than we thought — la situación es aún peor de lo que pensábamos
- more/less than we had asked for — más/menos de lo que habíamos pedido
- He likes getting in on the act too and has appeared in more productions than he cares to count.
- There is no easier way to change the look of a home than to put on a fresh coat of paint.
- He said it would be a nonsense for the roof of the main property to be lower than the extension roof.
- On one occasion a female passenger leaned on him for more than just a friendly chat.
- At six weeks premature, Sam was much larger than many of the other babies in the unit.
- Two walkers came the other way, one said it was better here than London in a heatwave.
- Our council tax is much higher than in larger towns if you compare the size of house.
- Which means we sold more copies in the second week of release than we did in the first.
- The third was believed to be younger than the first two and was wearing dark clothing.
- In later years, the death rate of his patients was far higher than it should have been.
- The sexy star also claimed she is happier now than at any point in the last decade.
- It turned out to be better in looks than taste and in any case was described as carrot cake on the bill.
- If you have a second child, you get more than twice the benefit for a single child, and so on.
- This is intended to build new properties in the Park for rent at less than the market rate.
- Always remember that it is far easier to withhold a service or benefit than to take it away.
- He was reviewing books at the rate of more than one a day and writing criticism of a very high order.
- However much we decide to be careful, we always end up spending more than we mean to.
- It is tempting to believe the world has gone bad, that everything is worse than it was.
- In the first quarter of this year, more of these homes were sold than any other type.
- This is a great venue and we hope to register even more participants than last year.
2(with alternatives)I'd prefer to walk than (to) go by bus — prefiero ir a pie a tomar el autobús
- I'd sooner die than marry you — prefiero morirme antes que casarme contigo
3(except, besides)quethere was nothing for it other than going back / to go back — no había más remedio que volver
- I had no alternative than to resign — no tenía otra alternativa que dimitir
- Rather than a game of skill and technique, golf is turning into a mere test of power.
- Watkins said he felt the outcome would be revealed in a matter of days rather than weeks.
- He was the first man to treat her as an intelligent person, rather than a sex symbol.
- There are rules if you want to find the car of your dreams rather than of your nightmares.
- We would rather be able to hear than be deaf; we would rather be able to see than be blind.
- She says we have to learn to use anger in a positive way, rather than letting it control us.
- Mr Miliband would say no more than that the final decision would be left to the council.
- Rather than being told to cut out alcohol, a man might be urged to modify his drinking.
- I found it profoundly useful to be able to do this on screen rather than in real life.
- Far better to get a job in a hotel and learn from experience rather than from some textbook.
- He used to get friends to ask girls out for him rather than make the approach himself.
- There is no point to cheerleaders other than to be eye candy for the fans and television audience.
- Now its good we can come here for an afternoon rather than be stuck indoors or in the garden.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
- This time, he signed for just three years and opted to rent a property rather than buy.
- I try to think where we are going to be in three years' time rather than where we are now.
- Site owners with a primary language other than English need efficient English copy writers and editors.
- In other words, religion is seen more as part of the solution than part of the problem.
- It is a joy to be able to delight in somebody else's good fortune rather than be envious of it.
- They just seem to do what they are told rather than have their own personal opinion.
4(when)cuandono sooner had I sat down than the bell rang — apenas me había sentado cuando sonó el timbre
1(in comparisons)quedehis house is bigger than mine — su casa es más grande que la mía
- she can sew better than me — sabe coser mejor que yo
- more than £200/20 days — más de 200 libras/20 días
- more than once — más de una vez
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