Using demasiado, bastante, un poco, and muy for too, quite, a bit, and very (quantitative adverbs)

Quantitative adverbs like demasiado (too)bastante (quite)un poco (a bit/a little) and muy (very) express intensity. They can modify adjectives and other adverbs.

Adverbs are invariable: they don't need to agree in gender or number with the words they are modifying.

Have a look and listen to the following examples:

Demasiado (too) 

La sauna es demasiado calurosa para mí.
The sauna is too hot for me.

Estos plátanos están demasiado verdes para comer hoy.
These bananas are too green to eat today.

Tú conduces demasiado rápido.
You drive too fast.

Bastante (quite)

La discoteca del centro es bastante ruidosa.
The disco in town is quite noisy.

Os veo bastante tristes.
I can see you are quite sad.

Recibimos a los invitados bastante efusivamente.
We received the guests in quite a lively way.

Un poco (a bit/a little)

Eugenio es un poco antipático ¿verdad?
Eugenio is a bit rude, isn't he?

La clase de zumba nos ha dejado un poco cansadas.
The zumba class left us a little tired.

He pintado la pared un poco mal.
I painted the wall a bit badly.

Muy (very)

Esther es muy estricta con sus hijos.
Esther is very strict with her sons.

Creo que esas lámparas son muy bonitas.
I think those lamps are very nice.

La recepcionista me trató muy educadamente.
The receptionist talked to me very politely.

Notice how the adverbs are invariable: their form does not change when modifying masculine, feminine, singular or plural words.

See also Using demasiado, bastante, suficiente, poco, tanto and mucho to express quantity (quantitative adjectives)

 

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La sauna es demasiado calurosa para mí.
The sauna is too hot for me.


Creo que esas lámparas son muy bonitas.
I think those lamps are very nice.


La discoteca del centro es bastante ruidosa.
The disco in town is quite noisy.


Esther es muy estricta con sus hijos.
Esther is very strict with her sons.


Tú conduces demasiado rápido.
You drive too fast.


La clase de zumba nos ha dejado un poco cansadas.
The zumba class left us a little tired.


He pintado la pared un poco mal.
I painted the wall a bit badly.


Estos plátanos están demasiado verdes para comer hoy.
These bananas are too green to eat today.


Eugenio es un poco antipático ¿verdad?
Eugenio is a bit rude, isn't he?


Recibimos a los invitados bastante efusivamente.
We received the guests in quite a lively way.


La sauna es demasiado calurosa para mí.
The sauna is too hot for me.


La recepcionista me trató muy educadamente.
The receptionist talked to me very politely.


Os veo bastante tristes.
I can see you are quite sad.


Q&A

Robert

Kwiziq community member

26 June 2018

1 reply

The lesson says that the form doesn't change according to masculine, feminine or plurals. One answer does change, however: "demasiada ropa". Why?

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

26 June 2018

26/06/18

¡Hola Robert! You are right and that example is wrong in this lesson, we are fixing it now because this example belongs to "using demasiado, bastante, mucho, poco, etc. as quantitative adjectives followed by a noun, instead of an adjective or an adverb. Thanks for letting us know! Silvia

allison

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

1 reply

Tú conduces demasiado rápido. Would it not be "rapidamente"?

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hola Allison

"Rápido" can be used both as an adjective and an adverb. When used as an adverb, it works like "rápidamente". 

In this sentence though, it would sound a bit odd to say "Tú conduces demasiado rápidamente". It is only because it is accompanied by "demasiado", and rápido sounds better.

The same happens for example with lento/lentamente. They are interchangeable. For example: Ellos caminan lento (They walk slowly)= Ellos caminan lentamente. (They walk slowly).

Thanks for your question.

Inma : )

allison

Kwiziq community member

2 May 2018

1 reply

I know this is not exactly on topic for this lesson, but I have had a longstanding question about adverbs/adjectives modifying verbs in Spanish:

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

2 May 2018

2/05/18

Hi Allison

Are you referring to your previous question or is it a new one?

Inma

Neal

Kwiziq community member

26 April 2018

1 reply

The lesson says that the form doesn't change according to masculine, feminine or plurals. But this answer gives BastanteS as the correct answer?

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

27 April 2018

27/04/18

¡Hola Neal!

I can't see any wrong written question in the lesson about "bastante" as an adverb. Please note that we have another lesson with "bastante" as a quantitative adjective and in this case it has to agree in gender and number with the noun. Could you please let me know which is the sentence you refer to? ¡Gracias! Silvia.

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