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"than" in Japanese | with audios

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より(yori)

In English, when comparing A and B, the simplest word order is "subject + verb + adjective (the comparative) + than + object of comparison".

In Japanese, on the other hand, the word order is "subject + comparative object + より (than) + adjective".

父 は 私 より 背 が 高い です 。

My father is taller than I.

今日 は 、 いつも より 早く 起き ました 。

I got up earlier than usual today.

方(hou)

If you use "方(ほう, hou)", you can change the position of the subject. The meaning is the same.

私 より 父 の ほう が 背 が 高い です 。

My father is taller than I.

When a noun comes before a "", put a "の(no)" before the "".

バス で 行く より 、 地下鉄 で 行く ほう が 早く 着き ます 。

It's faster to get there by subway than by bus.