Muy or mucho?

We use muy (very) before adjectives and adverbs:

Magda es muy simpática.

Magda is very nice.

Hablas español muy bien.

You speak Spanish very well.

We use mucho/a and muchos/as (much/many) before nouns:

Aquí hay mucha gente.

There are many people here.

En el Hotel Borbollón hay muchos gatos.

There are many cats in Hotel Borbollón.

We use mucho (a lot) after verbs. In this case, it is invariable.

Llueve mucho.

It's raining a lot.

El Dr. Macías habla mucho.

Dr Macías talks a lot.


  • We use mucho before mejor (better), peor (worse), mayor (larger), menor (smaller), más (more), menos (less), antes (before) and después (after).

Magda cocina mucho mejor que Nacho.

Magda cooks a lot better than Nacho.

Ellos han llegado mucho antes de la hora prevista.

They've arrived much earlier than expected.

  • Muy (very) and mucho (much/many) are never used in the same sentence. To add emphasis to mucho, we add the suffix -ísimo/a: muchísimo (very much/many).

Hace muchísimo calor.

It's really hot.

Tengo muchísima hambre.

I'm so hungry.

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