Learn how to use instead in a English sentence. Over 100 hand-picked examples.
I may give up soon and just nap instead.
I will play Sudoku then instead of continuing to bother you.
The data suggest that the optimum length of a lecture may be 30 instead of 60 minutes.
I would like you to go instead of me.
Will you drink wine instead of milk?
Instead of taking a rest, he worked much harder than usual.
Instead of going to school, he stayed at home.
I have to do my homework instead of going out.
I'd like a room facing the ocean instead.
We planted peanuts instead of cotton.
When we have a family argument, my husband always sides with his mother instead of me.
Let's take a rest in the garden instead of indoors.
Instead of beating around the bush, Jones got straight to the point.
I don't feel like going to the movies. Let's take a walk instead.
Instead of stopping, the rain increased.
Instead of going myself, I sent a messenger.
The candle went out instead of having been put out.
Instead of going to Europe, I decided to go to America.
Let's go by train instead of by bus.
I wish I could live at a more relaxed pace, instead of having to watch the clock all the time.
Why did you tear the cloth instead of cutting it with scissors?
Instead she merely looked surprised and - could it be - amused.
Thanks. Could I return it to you instead?
Let's eat outside instead of in our tents.
Let's play cards instead of watching television.
Play outside instead of watching TV.
I'd like to pay with my credit card instead.
If you have a bone to pick with a person, tell it to his face instead of saying things behind his back.
It's more economical to go by bus instead of taking a taxi.
That would be twenty-seven words instead of four, and while the bare message of the longer statement would be understood, the persuasive force would be lost.
You should have come here sooner instead of putting it off out of pride for so long.
Instead, they prefer to stay in and watch television.
Let's play cards instead.
Instead, he worked a switch that controlled his computer.
Instead, I will turn to a discussion of the two economic variables I defined a moment ago.
John stayed in bed all day instead of going to work.
Instead of laying off these workers, why don't we just cut their hours?
I'd like to have tea instead of coffee.
I wish you to go there instead.
Instead use words like "some", "many", "often", and begin statements with openers like, "In my experience, ...", "Excuse me if I'm wrong, but...", "In many instances, ...."
Let's attend to our work instead of talking.
In the U.S., it is common for people to write a check instead of paying cash.
I will go to see him instead of you.
Only five instead of ten units were delivered.
"Could you do this instead of me?" "Sorry, I'm too busy."
About the wedding ... It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be the main attraction, so instead of doing it on a shoestring, why not pull out all the stops and make a great show of it?
I want to keep a cat instead of a dog.
I had tea instead of coffee this morning.
Instead of cleaning the house today, I think I'll take a walk.
I got my mother's goat when I gave her the salt instead of the sugar.
I spent yesterday reading instead of going out.
Yesterday she stayed at home instead of going out.
We were planning to go to the cinema last night, but everyone was tired, so we ended up watching a movie at home instead.
I stayed in bed all day instead of going to work.
Instead of being here to work, you get the sense that he's simply a permanent fixture here.
I don't feel like working; what about going to a cinema instead?
Instead of watching television, the children played outside.
We learned Russian instead of French.
We should appeal to reason instead of resorting to violence.
Could you do this instead of me?
Will you go to the party instead of me?
He will go to the meeting instead of me.
I altered my typical lunch and had a steak instead.
I want time instead of money.
I learned French instead of German.
Instead of coming directly home, I took the long way and stopped by the post office.
I stayed home all day long instead of going to the movies.
I stayed at home instead of going out.
I chose to leave instead of staying behind.
I stayed home all day instead of going to work.
I watched television instead of studying.
I always travel with travelers' checks instead of cash.
I always buy fresh vegetables instead of frozen ones.
I'll get my son to go instead of going myself.
As for me, instead of trying to be a cool, international man, I would like to be an open-minded earth person.
She will seize us, and, instead of finding happiness, we shall perish, and all for nothing.
Instead of fewer accidents there are more.
Instead, they live alone as long as they are able to take care of themselves.
Instead of going himself, he sent his son to the political meeting.
Instead of putting the car into gear, she put it into reverse, causing a great deal of damage to the store-front.
Go out and have a good time once in a while instead of just studying all the time.
Find things out for yourself instead of having a parent or a teacher tell you.
But man loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.
Instead of waiting for a contract, we can handle it over the phone.
Instead of sending somebody on your behalf, you had better go and speak in person.
Instead of giving the money, that is the normal coin of the realm, which is the phrase that everyone used then, they would give them a token, and this token might be metal, might be wood, might be cardboard.
You might as well read a novel instead of staring at the ceiling.
I stayed at home all day instead of going to work.
Rejecting the urging of his physician father to study medicine, Hawking chose instead to concentrate on mathematics and physics.
He went fishing instead of playing tennis.
He would have been able to enter a good university easily if he had tried, but he entered a vocational school instead.
By mistake, he turned left instead of right.
He uses honey instead of sugar.
He went there instead of me.
Instead of going himself, he sent his brother in his place.
He could show his feeling with music instead of words.
He stayed at home all day instead of going out.
He was so busy that he sent his son instead of going himself.
He entered the business world instead of going on to college.
He chose to live in Tokyo instead of Osaka.
Instead of relying on a pension, he resolved to apply for the job.