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"Más" is an adverb which is often translated as "more", and "lo más" is a phrase which is often translated as "the most". Learn more about the difference between "más" and "lo más" below.
más(
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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).
1. (comparative)
a. more (with adjective)
Es más guapo que su hermano.He is more handsome than his brother.
Es mucho más simpática cuando la conoces bien.She is much nicer when you get to know her.
b. more (with verb)
No te preocupes más. Yo me encargaré de todo.Don't worry any more. I'll take care of everything.
¿Quieres más?Would you like some more?
c. more (with noun)
¿Puedes comprar más pan en la tienda?Can you buy more bread at the store?
d. more (after a noun)
Necesito dos huevos más para la receta.I need two more eggs for the recipe.
Solo me voy a comer un chocolate más.I'm only going to eat one more chocolate.
2. (superlative)
a. most (with adjective)
Quiero el teléfono más caro de la tienda.I want the most expensive telephone in the shop.
b. most (with verb)
Es la que más trabaja de la empresa.She is the one who works the most at the company.
3. (intensity)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¡Qué chico más listo!¡What a clever guy!
¿Conoces a Pablo? ¡Es más guapo!Do you know Pablo? He's so good looking!
A preposition is a word that indicates the relationship between a noun and another word (e.g. He ran through the door.).
4. (addition)
a. plus
Siete más tres es igual a diez.Seven plus three equals ten.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (with pronouns)
a. else
¿Quién más quiere una hamburguesa?Who else wants a burger?
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lo más(
loh
 
mahs
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (the best)
a. the most
Lo más que puedo hacer es ampliarte una semana el plazo de entrega.The most I can do is to extend the deadline one week.
2. (to the greatest degree)
a. the most
Lo más difícil es decidirse a hacerlo. Después, todo viene rodado.The most difficult is to make up your mind to do it. Afterward, things will follow one after the other.
b. as much as
Tendríamos que resumir la nota lo más posible, porque no va a caber en el espacio.We should summarize the note as much as possible, because otherwise it won't fit in the space.
c.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Compré mejillones porque era lo más barato que tenían.I bought mussels because they were the cheapest thing they had.
Ata el nudo lo más fuerte que puedas.Tie the knot as tight as you can.
3. (the most unpleasant thing)
a. the worst
Lo más que puede pasar es que lleguemos tarde, pero no es el fin del mundo, ¿verdad?The worst that can happen is that we're late, but it's not the end of the world, is it?
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(considered to be the best)
a. thought to be the best
Ahora mismo, este modelo es lo más en autos deportivos.At the moment, this model of sports car is thought to be the best.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(the most fashionable thing)
a. the trendiest thing
Este invierno los abrigos largos son lo más.Long coats are the trendiest thing this winter.
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