Tan or tanto?
Tan goes before adjectives and adverbs:
¡Estás tan lejos!
You are so far away!
Tu casa es tan linda, quisiera tener una igual.
Your house is so lovely, I wish I had one like that.
Tanto/a and tantos/as go before nouns:
No hay cuartos para tantos huéspedes.
There aren't enough rooms for so many guests.
¡Hace tanto calor!
It's so hot!
Tanto (invariable) comes after a verb:
Hablé tanto que me quedé sin voz.
I spoke so much that I lost my voice.
Nunca había comido tanto.
I had never eaten so much.
Note: tan and tanto also combine with como to express equivalence between two things:
Magda es tan alta como Rodrigo.
Magda is as tall as Rodrigo.
Trabajo tanto como tú.
I work as much as you.
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