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What is the difference between “Más que” and “Más de”?

In English, when we want to make a comparison, we could say, “more than”. Now, if you want to say, “more than” in Spanish, you would find that there are two ways of saying this: “Más que” and “Más de”, what is the difference between these two?

A brief advice to master Spanish

First, I want to clarify that I’m not here to give you a bunch of rules to know how to use “Más que” and “Más de”, I will give you a basic and simple idea to know how to use them.

Remember how you learned to master your native language?… You heard it so many times that now every time you hear someone saying a word where it shouldn’t go, you know it’s wrong.

I want you to do the same thing with your Spanish learning, listen to it many times, until you identify mistakes by just hearing them.

Two basic ideas to understand “Más que” and “Más de”

Most English speakers have trouble to understand these two expressions; however, I want to give you two simple keys to give you an idea of how to use them:

  1. Más que: You use it to make general comparisons.
  2. Más de: You use it to make comparisons between quantities, most of the time numbers.

Same applies to “Menos que” and “Menos de”, just have in mind that “Menos” means less.

In this video below, I show you how to use these two keys and apply them to some examples, you could even learn new words in this lesson, check it out!