When than is used as a preposition in expressions of comparison, it is translated by di or che (non): he's taller than me = è più alto di me; Glasgow is bigger than Oxford = Glasgow è più grande di Oxford; your car is less expensive than mine = la tua auto è meno cara della mia; I was more surprised than annoyed = ero più sorpreso che irritato. - For expressions with numbers, temperatures etc., see the entry below. See also the entries → hardly, → less, → more, → other, → rather, → soon. - When than is used as a conjunction, it is translated by di quanto and the verb following it is preceded by non: it was farther than I thought = era più lontano di quanto non pensassi. However, Italian speakers often try to phrase the comparison differently: it was more difficult than we expected = è stato più difficile del previsto. For more uses and their translations, see the entry below. - See also the entries → hardly, → rather, → soon.
- 1 (in comparisons) thinner than himpiù magro di luihe has more than meha più di mefaster by plane than by boatpiù veloce in aereo che (non) in barcaI was more surprised than annoyedero più sorpreso che irritatoit's more difficult for us than for themè più difficile per noi che per loro
- 1 (in comparisons) he's older than I am it took us longer than we thought it wouldci abbiamo messo più del previstoit was further away than I remembered there's nothing better, worse than doingnon c'è nulla di meglio, di peggio che fare
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