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Adverbs of quantity in Spanish (mucho...)

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Adverbs of quantity (adverbios de cantidad) are used to give information on quantity, number and degree.

They give an answer to questions starting with "how much?" or "to what extent?".


  • Juan es muy alto. (Juan is very tall.)
  • Me gusta mucho la paella valenciana. (I like Valencian paella a lot.)


Adverbs of quantity may modify: 

  1. a verb
  2. an adjective
  3. an adverb

Since they do not refer to a noun, they do not change according to the gender and number.

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1. Verb-modifier 

Spanish adverbEnglish translationExample


as well as

Es profesor y además es director de empresa. (He is a professor as well as company manager.)



Apenas se escuchaba su voz. (His voice was barely perceptible.)


quite a bit

No estudias bastante. (You do not study enough.)
casialmostCasi me caigo por la escalera. (I almost fell down the stairs.)
demasiadotoo muchLa madre de Bautista habla demasiado. (Bautista's mother speaks too much.)
muchoa lotMe gusta mucho tu camiseta de seda. (I like your silk t-shirt a lot.)

a little 

not much

Juan come muy poco, por eso es tan delgado. (Juan eats a little, that is why he is so thin.)
sóloonlySólo puedo quedarme un rato. (I can only stay a little while.)

so much

so long

No puedo esperarte tanto. (I cannot wait for you so long.)


Verb-modifiers are usually placed after the verb they refer to.


Me gusta mucho el helado casero. (I like home-made ice-cream a lot.)

enlightenedSome of them may be placed before the verb they modify. 


  • Sólo bebo vino tinto. (I only drink red wine.)
  • Estaba tan cansado que apenas conseguí llegar a casa. (I was so tired that I barely made it home.)

2. Adjective-modifier

Spanish adverbEnglish translationExample



Me siento algo viejo. (I feel somewhat old.)

bastanteenoughEncontramos un hotel bastante barato en Málaga. (We found a sufficiently cheap hotel in Malaga.)
demasiadotoo (much)Marta es demasiado guapa. (Marta is too beautiful.)


the most

Milagros es más inteligente que yo. (Milagros is more intelligent than me.)
mediohalfEstoy medio muerta. (I am half-dead.)


the least

Esta película es menos entretenida que ésa. (This movie is less entertaining than that one.)
muyveryEsta novela es muy entretenida. (This novel is very entertaining.)
poconegative meaning to the adjectiveLucas está poco dispuesto a ayudar. (Lucas is disinclined to help.)




so much

Es tan alto que casi toca el techo. (He is so tall that he almost touches the ceiling.)


Adjective-modifiers are placed before the adjective they refer to. 


Raquel es muy guapa. (Raquel is very beautiful.)

3. Adverb-modifier

Spanish adverbEnglish translationExample
bastantequiteMarta canta bastante bien. (Marta sings quite well.)
demasiadotoo Miguel habla demasiado rápido. (Miguel speaks too fast.)
másmore Pedí al jefe que hablara más despacio. (I asked the boss to speak more slowly.)
menoslessÉl camina menos rápido que yo. (He walks less fast than me.)
muy veryPaloma baila muy bien. (Paloma dances very well.)
muchomuchTu chaqueta de piel es mucho mejor que la de algodón . (Your leather jacket is much better than the cotton one.)


Adverb-modifiers are placed before the adverb they refer to. 


Pilar canta muy mal. (Pilar sings very badly.)



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