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Old August 26, 2023, 08:32 AM
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Más que nada


The subject should mean more than nothing; ContextReverso says it's more than anything, and it sounds reasonable. What is it? Purely idiomatic use or not quite?
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Old August 26, 2023, 08:49 PM
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As I've said before, context is everything.
It wouldn't make much sense to say "more than nothing"; it's a set phrase and it's understood that it means "nothing is more important than" anything else being compared.

- Más que nada, quiero que me comprendan. -> I don't want anything else as much as being understood.
- Queríamos que fuera una fiesta, pero más que nada ha sido un desastre. -> As much as we wanted it to be a party, it was nothing more than a disaster.
- En estas vacaciones, más que nada yo quisiera descansar. -> There are many fun activities to do during the holidays, but all I want to do is to rest up.
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