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"A lot" is an adverb which is often translated as "mucho", and "various" is an adjective which is often translated as "varios". Learn more about the difference between "a lot" and "various" below.
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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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various(
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (several)
a. varios
There are various vegetarian options on the menu.Hay varias opciones vegetarianas en el menú.
2. (varied)
a. distintos
The police raided a warehouse in order to arrest the various members of a local gang.La policía allanó una bodega para detener a los distintos miembros de una pandilla local.
b. diversos
The flowers on the hill looked as though they had been painted with various colors.Las flores en la colina parecían como si hubieran sido pintadas de diversos colores.
c. diferentes
This scarf can be combined with various kinds of clothing.Esta bufanda se puede combinar con diferentes tipos de ropa.
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