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"Quite a lot" is a phrase which is often translated as "bastante", and "a lot" is an adverb which is often translated as "mucho". Learn more about the difference between "quite a lot" and "a lot" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. bastante
That salad has quite a lot of tomatoes.Esa ensalada tiene bastante tomates.
b. muchísimo de
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
After the trip, Margarita had quite a lot to tell us.Después del viaje, Margarita tenía muchísimo de que contarnos.
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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).
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).
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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