Decoded Slug: ~というより (〜to iu yori)

Japanese JLPT Grammar Point
~というより (〜to iu yori)

~というより (〜to iu yori)

Short explanation:

Express a comparison with preference; 'rather than', 'more like', 'instead of'.


Verb-casual + というより, い-Adjective + というより, な-Adjective + だというより, Noun + だというより


Kono heya wa semai to iu yori, igokochi ga ii.
Rather than saying this room is small, it's more like it's cozy.
Kare wa kowai to iu yori, tayori ga i ga aru.
Instead of saying he's scary, it's more like he's reliable.
Eiga wa tsumaranai to iu yori, chotto nagakatta.
Rather than saying the movie was boring, it was more like it was a bit long.
Kanojo wa tomodachi da to iu yori, kazoku no you na sonzai da.
Instead of saying she's a friend, she's more like a family member.

Long explanation:

The ~というより grammar point is used to express comparison where one is preferred or more accurate than the other. Generally translated as 'rather than', 'more like', or 'instead of' in English. It can be used with verbs, い-adjectives, な-adjectives, and nouns.

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