other than, rather than and instead of

Published by: sam re on 10th Dec 2014 | View all blogs by sam re

* Other than = with the exception of

Other than Mohamed, no one had thought to ask this sensible question.

(Only Mohamed thought about it)

* rather than = and not (used in parallel structures)

Maha decided to go to the party rather than study English.

It ought to be you rather than me that signs the letter.

I'd prefer to go in August rather than in July.

(She went to the party, and did not study English)

* instead of = in place of: as a substitute for or alternative to

David wrote in pencil instead of pen.

(He lost his pen, so he used the pencil as a substitute)

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