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Rather than A
This is usually followed by a statement that is considered better or more accurate than A.
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             よくない    より          せい   
My little brother failed the exam yesterday. Rather than saying that he is not smart, it is because he did not study at all.
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それ      より  むしろ     
It is a hall rather than a room.
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ジョン       より      
John is not so much a genius as a hard worker.
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あの          より  むしろ    
That girl is more cute than beautiful.
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この          より   になる  
This book will do more harm than good.
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あの            より  むしろ        
That woman is proud rather than vain.

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emmy
Level: 3
(10 years ago)
にとってらしはだというよりしい。
Rather than impossible, it would be difficult for her to live alone.
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Natsu
Level: 5
(10 years ago)
さいというよりきい
Japan is a big country rather than a small country.
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Natsu
Level: 5
(10 years ago)
あのホテルというよりです
That hotel is expensive rather than cheap.
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Natsu
Level: 5
(10 years ago)
というよりです
Today is cold rather than hot.
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レイナ
Level: 1
(10 years ago)
今日は暑いというより寒いです。
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Natsu
Level: 5
(10 years ago)
このカレーというよりたい
This curry is cold rather than hot at the moment.
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レイナ
Level: 1
(10 years ago)
このカレーは今熱いというより冷たい。
It is the other way round.
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Ses
Level: 1
(10 years ago)
いというよりタイプじゃない。
He is not so much ugly as he is not my type.
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Construction
(Elements in parentheses are optional.)
ANoun
 
Aい-adjective
 
AVerb: Casual
 
Aな-adjective: (without な)
 
 
いうより
Basic Examples:
というより調ちょっとおかしい (rather than 'sick,' 'under the weather')

というより (rather than 'loud,' 'energetic')

きたくないというより (rather than saying I don't want to go, the circumstances aren't great...)

というよりじゃない ('uncomplicated' rather than 'easy')

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User notes
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this is often used when wanting to be politic, or searching for a better/more descriptive word for what's being described.
11 years ago
avatar mysticfive - Level 959

Discussion about this grammar
Studying: Graduate School Placement Exam
Level: 1, : 50
There is some text missing in the second "construction" example.
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13 years ago
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Site admin
Level: 123, : 6,928
Thanks, fixed!
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13 years ago
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Years Studied: 2
Studying: 2
Level: 1, : 67
Other than というより, can より not be substituted by か as in というか?
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10 years ago
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Site admin
Level: 123, : 6,928
Yes: http://www.renshuu.org/index.php?page=grammar/individual&id=488 :)
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10 years ago
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Years Studied: 12
Studying: N2
Level: 100, : 355
Under "Verb Casual", I think you mean きたくない instead of きたくない。
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10 years ago
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Site admin
Level: 123, : 6,928
Thanks, fixed!
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10 years ago
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Years Studied: 8
Studying: JPLT N1
Level: 1, : 252
How is this different from わけではない? Or are they about the same?
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10 years ago
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Site admin
Level: 123, : 6,928
I see this as comparing two things, while わけではない is closer to 'that isn't the case', and it stands on it's own, without the need to compare it to something else.
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10 years ago
Level: 54, : 4
A lot of examples given follow より with は, も, and then with むしろ. Can somebody please explain how these sentences break down? Are these necessary?
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7 years ago



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