Can you use INSTEAD OF in your daily conversations?

Let’s practice together!


How to use “INSTEAD OF”

The most common way to use this key expression is to compare two things: one that you like, and one that you don’t like.

Let’s see a quick example:

I don’t like exercising. Instead of exercising, I’m going to take a nap.

Because I like taking a nap, it is my preferred activity.

We can use “instead of” in different places in the sentence.

Let’s see some more examples:

I want to eat candy instead of going to the dentist.

Next week I’m going to go to the beach instead of going to work.

Instead of a dog, I decided to get a cat.

Instead of texting my mom, I decided to call her.

You can see that we use this expression in between the two contrasting parts of the sentence OR at the beginning of the sentence.


The grammatical construction

You have two choices when you make a sentence with this expression.

  1. You can use an -ING verb directly afterwards. (Technically, it’s a “gerund” which is a noun.)
  2. You can use a noun directly afterwards.

In the previous sample sentences, I used -ING verbs and nouns after “instead of.”

Let’s take a look at an -ING example:

Instead of getting married next year, they decided to get married next month.

Let’s take a look at a noun example:

I wish that books were more popular instead of cell phones.

I recommend writing down your own sentences, writing down the sentences from the live lesson, and listening for this expression as you watch English TV shows and movies.

You’ll start to feel more and more comfortable with it.


Now it’s your turn.

In the comments below this video, answer the question.

Can you make a sentence using INSTEAD OF naturally?

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