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"A lot of people" is a phrase which is often translated as "mucha gente", and "many" is an adjective which is often translated as "muchos". Learn more about the difference between "a lot of people" and "many" below.
a lot of people(
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. mucha gente
There were a lot of people at the restaurant, so we decided to eat at home.Había mucha gente en el restaurante, por lo que decidimos comer en casa.
b. muchas personas
I didn't like the movie very much, but a lot of people thought it was very good.A mí no me gustó la película mucho, pero muchas personas pensaron que fue muy buena.
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many(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (numerous)
a. muchos
There were many cakes to choose from.Había muchas tortas para elegir.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
2. (numerous)
a. muchos
Many died in the earthquake.Murieron muchos en el terremoto.
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