Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "than" in Russian

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Meaning: than, instead of, what (instrumental case of "что")

Pronunciation: [chyem]

Part of speech: conjunction, particle

Rank: #77 (see frequency list)

 Example sentences:
  • Любо́й вы́бор лу́чше, чем никако́го.
  • Choice is better than no choice.
  • Она́ вы́ше, чем я.
  • She is taller than I.
  • Англи́йский она́ зна́ет лу́чше, чем я -- ру́сский.
  • She knows English better than I [know] Russian.
  • Чем скоре́е, тем лу́чше.
  • The sooner the better.
  • Чем сиде́ть и ничего́ не де́лать, ты бы помо́г кому́-нибу́дь.
  • You'd better help someone instead of hanging about doing nothing.
  • Чем скрыва́ть, ты бы лу́чше сра́зу сказа́л.
  • You'd better told straight away instead of concealing. (informal)
  • Чем вы занима́етесь?
  • What are you doing? (formal or plural)
  • Чем мы риску́ем?
  • What do we risk with?

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • чем ..., тем... = the ... the...
  • чем свет = at daybreak
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Лучше поздно, чем никогда.
  • Better late than never.
  • Лучше один раз увидеть, чем сто раз услышать.
  • A picture is worth a thousand words.
  • Лучше добрые соседи, чем далёкая родня.
  • Better a good neighbor than a bad relative.
  • Лучше синица в руках, чем журавль в небе.
  • Better a tomtit in your hand than a crane in the sky.
  • Лучше споткнуться, чем упасть.
  • A stumble may prevent a fall.
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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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