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Poco/a vs. un/una poco/a

Ellen M.B2Kwiziq community member

Poco/a vs. un/una poco/a

Hi, my understanding was that "un poco" was always used when poco was used as a pronoun, instead of as an adjective or adverb along with the explicit noun?

Ex:  Quieres arroz?  Si, un poco (de arroz).

Ex:  Solo quiero poco arroz.

Ex:  Necisito estudiar poco.

Is this not correct?

Thanks!!  

*(BTW, this website is so incredibly helpful. 

Asked 6 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Ellen

Your understanding is mostly correct, but there are some nuances to consider. "Un poco" is indeed used when poco is acting as a pronoun, and it typically follows the pattern you described. However, there are situations where "poco" without the article "un" can also be used as a pronoun, especially when the quantity is vague or unspecified. Let me break down your examples:

"¿Quieres arroz? Sí, un poco (de arroz)."

Here, "un poco" is used as a pronoun, indicating a quantity of rice.

"Solo quiero poco arroz."

In this case, "poco" is functioning more like an adjective modifying "arroz", specifying that you want a small quantity of rice.

"Necesito estudiar poco."

Here, "poco" is used as an adverb modifying the verb "estudiar", indicating that you need to study a little.

So, your understanding is indeed correct, but it's worth noting that sometimes "poco" can also function as a pronoun without the article "un" when the quantity is unspecified. I'm glad you find the website helpful! Here is also the associated lesson about this topic. If you have more questions or need further clarification, feel free to ask!

Un saludo

Silvia

Poco/a vs. un/una poco/a

Hi, my understanding was that "un poco" was always used when poco was used as a pronoun, instead of as an adjective or adverb along with the explicit noun?

Ex:  Quieres arroz?  Si, un poco (de arroz).

Ex:  Solo quiero poco arroz.

Ex:  Necisito estudiar poco.

Is this not correct?

Thanks!!  

*(BTW, this website is so incredibly helpful. 

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