Why is the preposition 'a' is used with this comparison?

Amy

Kwiziq community member

21 November 2018

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Why is the preposition 'a' is used with this comparison?

I noticed these two sentences used the preposition 'a' instead of 'que' in these sentences. Is there a reason why? 

Las ventas fueron superiores a los costes.

The sales were higher than the expenses.

Los costes fueron inferiores a las ventas.

The expenses were lower than the sales.

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Forming comparative adjectives mayor/menor/mejor/peor"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

22 November 2018

22/11/18

Hola Amy

With adjectives "inferior" and "superior" used in a comparative sentence we use preposition "a", not "que". 

However, with adjectives "menor" and "mayor", despite meaning pretty much the same as the previous ones,  we need to use "que", not "a".

I hope this helps.

Inma

Amy

Kwiziq community member

22 November 2018

22/11/18

Thanks! I just wanted to know the specific times it is used, as it wasn't mentioned in the lesson :)

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