Muy vs. Mucho in Spanish

In today’s article, we are going to discuss the correct use of muy and mucho, two words that are used to add intensity or express large quantities.

MUY (very)

Muy has only one form regardless of number or gender and is used with adjectives and adverbs.

Examples:

Muy + adjectives:

  • Mi hermana es muy alta. (My sister is very tall.)
  • Mis zapatos están muy sucios. (My shoes are very dirty.)

Muy + adverbs:

  • Ella habla muy despacio. (She talks very slowly.)
  • Él corre muy rápido.(He runs very fast.)

MUCHO (A lot / much)

It is used with nouns and verbs. Mucho has four different forms because it must agree in gender and number with the noun.

  • mucho – singular masculine
  • mucha – singular feminine
  • muchos – plural masculine
  • muchas – plural feminine

Mucho (or its variation) + noun:

  • Tengo mucho trabajo. (I have a lot of work.)
  • Ella tiene muchos amigos. (She has a lot of friends)

Mucho (or its variation) + verb:

  • Luisa camina mucho. (Luis walks a lot.)
  • Usted trabaja mucho. (You work a lot.)

Expressions with mucho that you will probably hear 

  • Mucho gusto- Nice to meet you.
  • Muchas gracias- Thank you
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