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Adverbs of Quantity or Degree

The adverbios de cantidad o grado (adverbs of quantity or degree) are those that indicate how much or to what degree an action is carried out. In order to identify this type of adverbs in a sentence, we need to ask the verb the question “how much?” as in “how much/to what degree is the action happening?”

Adverbios de cantidad

1. Más (more), menos (less) - más expresses an idea of superiority, increase or magnification while menos expresses an idea of inferiority or decrease.

No digas más. Lo haremos a tu manera.
Say no more. We'll do it your way.

Estos pantalones cuestan menos en la otra tienda.
These pants cost less at the other store.

2. Mucho/Demasiado (a lot, too much), poco (little, few, not much) - mucho/demasiado express an idea of excess or abundance while poco expresses an idea of lack or dearth; scarcely.

He comido mucho/demasiado y ahora me duele la barriga.
I ate a lot/too much and now my tummy hurts.

Él habla poco pero dice cosas interesantes.
He doesn't say much but says interesting things.

3. Muy (very), bastante (very, a lot or enough) - muy intensifies the meaning of adjectives, other adverbs or adjective or adverbial clauses; bastante can either function as a synonym of mucho or express an idea of no more or less than the regular.

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