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Hi,
what should I put in sentences like these?

We need two, or better, three new system administrators.
We aren't searching for any system administrators, or better, we don't need any.
You could try eating less cheese, or better, try to avoid cheese at all.
This forum is for people who want to learn English, or better, for learners who want to improve their English further.

I don't even know if "or better" is used with that meaning, it's just what I would say in Italian, but I once read somewhere that the corresponding expression was "or rather". Any advice?

Thank you in advance. Emotion: smile
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Hey Kooyeen Emotion: smile

Well, I know I'm not an authoritative voice here but I just wanted to say that I've found 'even better' more often than 'or better' and never 'or rather'; let's wait for a native!

(the true is that I'm interested in this thread and I wanted to reply because I'm sure that I won't be able to find it anymore tomorrow Emotion: stick out tongue)

See you!
We need two, [or better / or better yet / or even better (yet) ], three new system administrators.
We aren't searching for any system administrators [because / . Actually, /. The fact is, /. To be more exact,] we don't need any.
You could try eating less cheese, [or better / or better yet / or even better (yet) ], don't eat any at all.
This forum is for people who want to learn English [and / or, more specifically,] for learners who want to improve their English.

CJ
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Thanks, I see.
But would "or rather" be wrong? I sometimes find it, and both of my dictionaries say:
used to correct sth you have said, or to give more accurate information --- She worked as a secretary, or rather, a personal assistant. - In the end he had to walk—or rather run—to the office.

So I thought it would fit in there...
Thanks.
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I see what you mean. Since I couldn't detect the intonation in its written form Emotion: smile, I failed to detect the idea that you were correcting or "erasing and continuing". In that case,or rather can be used, yes. You can also use a pause and I mean in informal situations.

She worked as a secretary -- I mean personal assistant.
We have to hire two -- I mean three new engineers.

CJ
Ok Jim, perfect, thanks. [y]
Francesca...I'm interested in this thread and I wanted to reply because...
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Being the native informant without whom the thread would have been impossible, I think I should get the lion's share! Emotion: stick out tongue

CJ
KooyeenThe content of this thread is copyrighted. If you are interested in this thread and you want to buy the content or part of the content, contact me. It's on sale, but I haven't thought of a price yet (it'll be around $200, I think).
Ok, this is my last post ..I run away, I don't have all that money. But I go away in a happy mood because now I know what to use among 'or better', 'even better', 'or rather'! (Let's go before Kooyeen and Jim log in Emotion: tongue tied) Byeee, it has been a pleasure!

(those Italians..they could put on sale even their mothers Emotion: stick out tongue)
those Italians..

And here all the while I was thinking it was just the Romans! Emotion: smile

CJ
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