October 1, 2020 · ,

¿Muy or Mucho?

Get the hang of this confusing Muy and Mucho topic!

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muy o mucho

How many times have you encountered this doubt?

Using mucho instead of muy and vice versa is one of those mistakes that Spanish learners get hung up on. So, don’t worry! You are not alone! The good news is that in this blog we will go over the differences so that you can stop worrying if you used the correct word or not!

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Let’s start of with muy

Things to know:

  • in English it means very
  • it is an adverb
  • it does not vary in terms of gender or number
  • you can never have the word “muy” by itself, it needs to be followed by an adjective or an adverb

muy + adjetivo

SpanishEnglish
El regalo es muy original.The present is very original.
La comida japonesa es muy rica.Japanese food is very delicious.
Los perros son muy cariñosos.The dogs are very sweet.
Las plantas están muy hermosas.The plants are very beautiful.

muy + adverbio

SpanishEnglish
Mi hijo corre muy rápido.My son runs very fast.
Hoy me siento muy bien.Today I feel great!

And now mucho

Things to know:

  • In English it means many, much, a lot (of)
  • “Mucho” can function as an adjective and as an adverb

mucho (adjetivo) + sustantivo

Note: Here as mucho is being used as an adjective it will have variation depending on the gender and number of the noun that follows it.
SpanishEnglish
Hay mucho entusiasmo aquí.There is a lot of enthusiasm here.
Tengo mucha tarea hoy.I have a lot of homework today.
Mi hermana tiene muchos perros.My sister has a lot of dogs.
Muchas personas van a trabajar en bicicleta.Many people go to work on their bikes.

verbo + mucho (adverbio)

Note: Here, however, as mucho funtions as an adverb it will not suffer any modifications.
SpanishEnglish
Estudié mucho para el examen.I studied a lot for the exam.
Quiero mucho a mis mascotas.I love my pets very much.

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