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Spanish Tip - Comparatives and numbers


Let's refresh some concepts:

We have three types of Comparisons:

Comparisons of Equality:
Imagine you want to say: "Mary is as tall as John". We are using as + adjective + as.
In Spanish we'll say: "María es tan alta como Juan.", and the Spanish pair of words is: tan + adjective + como.

There are two more comparisons forms:

Comparisons of Superiority
The formula for this type of comparatives is:
more + adjective/adverb/noun + than
más + adjetivo/adverbio/sustantivo + que.

For example:
"Mary is more inteligent than John"
"María es más inteligente que John"

Comparisons of Inferiority
These is the form:
less + adjective/adverb/noun + than
menos + adjetivo/adverbio/sustantivo + que.

For example:
"Mary is less inteligent than John"
"María es menos inteligente que John"

But... when using comparisons and numbers, the second component changes from "que"
to "de", in Comparisons of superiority and Comparisons of inferiority. And the estructure changes a little bit:

From más + adjetivo/adverbio/sustantivo + que
to más de+ number.

Let's see some examples:

We won't say... but...
Tengo más que cinco libros Tengo más de cinco libros
Ana tiene menos que veinte años Ana tiene menos de veinte años


Hope it helps!

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