French translation of 'than'
1. (in comparisons) que
She’s taller than me. Elle est plus grande que moi.
I’ve got more books than him. J’ai plus de livres que lui.
I have more than you. J’en ai plus que toi.
I have less than you. J’en ai moins que toi.
She has more apples than pears. Elle a plus de pommes que de poires.
2. (with numerals) de
more than ten years plus de dix ans
more than once plus d’une fois
3. (stating preferences) plutôt que de
I would sooner give up sleep than miss my evening class. Je préférerais perdre des heures de sommeil plutôt que de rater mon cours du soir.
It is better to phone than to write. Il vaut mieux téléphoner qu’écrire. ⧫ Il vaut mieux téléphoner plutôt que d’écrire.
4. (= when)
no sooner ... than ... à peine ... que ...
No sooner had he left than the phone rang. À peine était-il parti que le téléphone sonna.
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Example Sentences Including 'than'
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Those in their twenties and early thirties are drinking dramatically less than previous generations.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Their collected works today number fewer than forty songs.Words Of Love: Passionate Women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath (2006)
Are you less likely to win the lottery if you choose six consecutive numbers than if you choose six random ones?Times, Sunday Times (2014)
As things turned out this was to happen sooner than he imagined.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Her investment paid dividends sooner than she might have guessed.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
No wonder a higher than average number of these marriages ended in divorce.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
On the strength of her performance that could happen sooner than she imagined.The Sun (2009)
Provided you have more sequential cards than the number of missing higher cards, you have guaranteed extra tricks.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Sadly it came to her much sooner than she expected.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
That's less than five minutes of the owner's time.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
The company is proud that there are no more than two steps between any member of staff and a senior manager.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The jolly duo are back and this series shows they are more than just TV chefs.The Sun (2013)
Unable to get rid of her by asking less than politely, he resorts to bribery.The Sun (2016)
Verdict Works better as a music speaker than a TV one.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We might be a few years away from more people experiencing things on the internet than on TV.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
You'll be a lot more active sooner than you think.The Sun (2015)
He rushed the net at opportune moments and breezed through in less than two hours.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Sooner than he thinks if he continues to behave in this manner.The Sun (2016)
What they lack in numbers they more than make up for in noise and intimidation - and will sell out home and away next term.The Sun (2011)
The show has been attacked in the past for being more suited to radio than TV.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
This drops to less than a tenner after petrol.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
And you really don't get lower than reality TV shows.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Employees are eligible for redundancy payments if they have had more than two years of continuous service at the Beeb.The Sun (2010)
His wife did not see him for more than two weeks.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
If they succeed they will more than double the number of people who have trekked across the entire continent in this way.The Sun (2016)
It also found female workers are promoted less often than male colleagues.The Sun (2013)
Some councils have seen more head teachers leaving in the past five years than the number of schools in the area.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The survey shows that more than two thirds of people now use card or other electronic payment methods more often than cash.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They have exposed the limited range of his forward movement and a bat that sometimes comes down less than perfectly straight.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
On the field and in full view, he captains more imaginatively and interestingly than his opposite number.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
The same age group spends more time online than watching TV.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Rise two hours earlier than usual.Beat Jet Lag - arrive alert and stay alert (1991)
They send the packages surface mail, so postage is less than two dollars.Christianity Today (2000)
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'than' in Other Languages
British English: than /ðæn; ðən/ PREPOSITION
You use than when you are talking about the difference between two people or things.
Children learn faster than adults.
- American English: than
- Arabic: مِنْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: do que
- Chinese: 比
- Croatian: od
- Czech: než porovnání
- Danish: end
- Dutch: dan
- European Spanish: que
- Finnish: kuin erilainen kuin
- French: que
- German: als
- Greek: από
- Italian: che
- Japanese: ･･･よりも
- Korean: ...보다
- Norwegian: enn
- Polish: niż
- European Portuguese: do que
- Romanian: decât
- Russian: чем
- Spanish: que
- Swedish: än
- Thai: เกินกว่า
- Turkish: daha
- Ukrainian: ніж
- Vietnamese: hơn
Translation of than from the Collins English to French Dictionary