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British English: /ðan/
, /ð(ə)n/
American English: /ðæn/
, /ðən/
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 , , , , , . - 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 , , .


  • 1 (in comparisons) thinner than him
    più magro di lui
    he has more than me
    ha più di me
    faster by plane than by boat
    più veloce in aereo che (non) in barca
    I was more surprised than annoyed
    ero più sorpreso che irritato
    it's more difficult for us than for them
    è più difficile per noi che per loro
  • 2 (expressing quantity, degree, value) more, less than 100 more than half
    più di metà
    temperatures lower than 30 degrees
    temperature inferiori ai 30 gradi


  • 2 (expressing preferences)I'd sooner, rather do X than do Y
    preferirei fare X piuttosto che fare Y
  • 3 (when)hardly, no sooner had he left than the phone rang
    non appena uscì il telefono squillò
  • 4 (American English) (from)to be different than something
    essere diverso da qualcosa

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