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mehr vs. eher

1. Ich war mehr tot als lebendig.
2. Er ist eher fleißig als klug.

What is the difference between "mehr" and "eher" when they're taken to mean the same thing, "more"?
Can they be used interchangeably when taken to mean "more"?

For learning: German
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Hi Patrick,
    I associate with the German word 'mehr' the English words 'more', 'further' and 'plus'.
    For instance: Ein Bild sagt mehr als tausend Worte.
    With the German word 'eher' I allocate the English words 'rather', 'sooner' and 'preferably'.
    For instance: Bei der nächsten Wahl wähle ich 'eher' den Kandidaten A als den Politiker B. / In the next election I would rather vote for ......
    So, in general I would not say that the words are interchangeable. However, in the sentences above they are.
    Kind regards,
    Georg

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