Learning Spanish is a big challenge and as with any other language, it takes a lot of practice and perseverance. At On-Español, an online Spanish Academy that offers interactive and dynamic Spanish classes, we are aware of the difficulties that students face when going through this learning process and, for that reason, we have decided to create small grammar bites posts that will help you acquire the necessary knowledge to communicate properly in Spanish. In this post we are going to review the adverbs of quantity… are you ready? Keep on reading!

What is an adverb?

An adverb is a word that answers to the questions “when”, “where?”, “how?”, among others, and they express manner, place, time, quantity, statement, denial, doubt, exclusion and inclusion. Below you can find a list of the different type of adverbs we use in Spanish though, as mentioned earlier, in this post we are going to focus on the adverbs of quantity.

What are adverbs of quantity?

The adverbs of quantity, or “adverbios de cantidad”, as we would call them in Spanish, are those words that complement a verb, a noun or another adverb, adding more information about these. Basically, these words have the objective of giving more details about the main action in a sentence.

10 examples of adverbs of quantity:

  • Algo = some
  • Bastante = enough
  • Casi = almost
  • Demasiado = too much
  • Extremadamente = extremely
  • Infinitamente = infinitely
  • Mucho = a lot
  • Nada = nothing/not anything
  • Poco = a little
  • Tanto = so much

So, how can we use them in sentences? Take a look at the examples below:

  • El médico está algo ocupado y no podrá atenderlo.

Which one is the quantity adverb in that sentence? That’s right! “algo”. It adds information to the action, letting you know how busy the doctor is.

Here you have some other examples! We encourage you to read them and afterwards come up with sentences of your own!

  • El abuelo de María es bastante
  • Ya casi he acabado los deberes.
  • María tiene demasiado
  • Juan está extremadamente enfadado con María.
  • Él es infinitamente
  • Ayer hacía mucho frío.
  • Hoy no me apetece hacer nada.
  • Tanta gente me agobia.

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