How does one translate the following sentence into Mandarin?

"Why not Australia? It's so much better than America"

Can I use 好多了 to translate "so much better" ?

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    More context would improve the likelihood of an accurate answer. Why not what in Oz? Oz is better than what? – Gangosa Dec 11 '16 at 9:53

好多了 means " much better" Your sentence would be:

"Why not Australia? It's much better than America"

為什麼不是澳大利亞? 它比美國好多了

For " so much better" the translation would be "好太多了"

"Why not Australia? It's so much better than America"

為什麼不是澳大利亞? 它比美國好太多了

Another way to translate "so much better":

  • 比美国好(better than America)
  • 比美国好得多(much better than America)
  • 比美国好得多 (so much better than America)

*It uses the final particle "了" to increase the emphasis. The 'so' in "so much better" functions the same way.

  • I am not the downvoter, however I doubt the use of 好太多了 in Mandarin. It may be used but since 太 is more often used for negative mood, Chinese will tend to avoid using this to prevent misunderstanding. I think 好多了 is enough to express "so much better". – 超酷爆帅型男 Dec 17 '16 at 11:33
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    If "Australia" is part of a suggestion, I would say "澳大利亚怎么样?比美国好得多得多。" – wks Dec 17 '16 at 15:16
  • 比美国好得多得多 is not grammatically correct. As for your suggestion, please see my edited answer. – Tang Ho Dec 17 '16 at 15:35

Without more detail I made up this little chat:

你毕业后要做什么?
我去美国找工作。
为什么选了美国?澳大利亚比美国更好。

Exactly how you say 'much better' will of course depend on the context.

There is nothing wrong with Tang Ho's answer, why the down vote?

  • There is nothing wrong with Tang Ho's answer, why the down vote? - May be some people dislike the example sentence I made up suggested America is not the best in everything; may be some people dislike the fact that I didn't use simplified characters. – Tang Ho Dec 12 '16 at 4:00

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