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"A lot" is an adverb which is often translated as "mucho", and "much" is an adjective which is also often translated as "mucho". Learn more about the difference between "a lot" and "much" below.
a lot(
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An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
1. (frequently)
a. mucho
Since we live a block from the beach, we swim a lot.Como vivimos a una cuadra de la playa, nadamos mucho.
b. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Both my wife and I are retired, so we travel a lot.Mi esposa y yo estamos los dos jubilados, así que viajamos un montón.
2. (significantly)
a. mucho
This restaurant is a lot better than the one we went to last night.Este restaurante es mucho mejor que al que fuimos anoche.
b. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Janet has changed a lot since she started working. She's become more responsible.Janet ha cambiado un montón desde que empezó a trabajar. Se ha vuelto más responsable.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
3. (a significant number)
a. muchos
You can keep that pen. I have a lot.Puedes quedarte con ese bolígrafo. Tengo muchos.
b. muchas
How many people came to the party? - A lot.¿Cuántas personas vinieron a la fiesta? - Muchas.
c. un montón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I got a lot of presents for my birthday.Me hicieron un montón de regalos por mi cumpleaños.
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much(
muhch
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (a lot)
a. mucho (with uncountable nouns)
I don't have much money, but you can borrow a dollar.No tengo mucho dinero, pero te presto un dólar.
I have never eaten much sugar.Nunca he comido mucha azúcar.
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
adverb
2. (to a great degree)
a. mucho
I like this job much better than my last one.Este trabajo me gusta mucho más que el anterior.
3. (frequently)
a. mucho
Do you come to this cafe to study much?¿Vienes mucho a este café a estudiar?
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
4. (a lot)
a. mucho
Much of what was left after the war was in poor condition.Mucho de lo que restó después de la guerra estaba en un estado pésimo.
b. mucha
I thought we wouldn't have enough food, but so much is left over.Pensé que no tendríamos suficiente comida, pero queda mucha.
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