Words to compare actions

Words to compare actions

Comparing Actions

  • To compare actions in Spanish, you may use words like “más que” (more than), “menos que” (less than), “tan…como” (as…as), and “tanto como” (as much as).
  • Another useful phrase to remember is “al igual que”, which means ‘just like’ or ‘the same as’. Example: “Ella estudia al igual que su hermano” - “She studies just like her brother.”

Illustrating Similarity

  • To illustrate similarity between actions, use the word “igualmente” which means ‘similarly’ or ‘in the same way’. Example: “Igualmente, acabamos la tarea en casa” - “Similarly, we finish the task at home.”

Opposing Actions

  • To oppose actions, you can use “en cambio” (on the other hand), “sin embargo” (however), and “a pesar de” (despite).

Comparing Degrees of Actions

  • In order to show a difference in degree between two actions, use “más… que” for ‘more… than’ and “menos… que” for ‘less… than’. Example: “Corro más rápido que tú” - “I run faster than you.”
  • To show that actions are carried out to the same degree, use “tan… como” (as… as) or “tanto/a/os/as… como” (as much… as). Example: “Ella es tan inteligente como él” - “She is as intelligent as he is.”

Comparing Quantities

  • When comparing quantities, use “tanto/a/os/as” plus the noun you’re comparing, followed by “como”. Example: “Tiene tantos libros como yo” - “He/She has as many books as I do.”

Negative Comparisons and Decision Expressions

  • For negative comparisons (not as…as), use “no tan… como”. Example: “No es tan alto como su hermano” - “He is not as tall as his brother.”
  • To express “neither…nor”, use “ni…ni”. Example: “Ni canta ni baila” - “He/she neither sings nor dances.”
  • To express “either…or”, use “o…o”. Example: “O estudias o apruebas” - “Either study or pass.”

Note: Remember that understanding and practising these comparison tools will help you create more complex sentences in Spanish, thereby improving your writing and speaking skills.