Más que/Menos que vs Más de/Menos de (More/Less than)

In Spanish there are two ways to say "More/less than":

1. Using DE

Más de = More than

Menos de = Less/Fewer than

These forms will be used when we talk about quantities.

Have a look and listen to the following examples:

Tengo más de diez caramelos en mi bolso.
I have more than ten sweets in my handbag.

He tardado menos de una hora en llegar.
It took me less than one hour to get here.

2. Using QUE

Más que = More than

Menos que = Less/Fewer than

These forms will be used when we talk about comparisons.

Have a look and listen to the following examples:

Hoy he comido más que ayer.
Today I ate more than yesterday.

Elisa fuma menos que tú.
Elisa smokes less than you.

See also Using más/menos for more/less/fewer as adjectives, pronouns and adverbs

 

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Elisa fuma menos que tú.
Elisa smokes less than you.


Tengo más de diez caramelos en mi bolso.
I have more than ten sweets in my handbag.


He tardado menos de una hora en llegar.
It took me less than one hour to get here.


Hoy he comido más que ayer.
Today I ate more than yesterday.


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