Looking up"Tanto" I found it has many parts of speech. Which are they here? I believe they are adverbs. (interestingly they can be many, many things!)

Nicole

Kwiziq community member

19 March 2019

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Looking up"Tanto" I found it has many parts of speech. Which are they here? I believe they are adverbs. (interestingly they can be many, many things!)

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Using tanto como with verbs and nouns to say as much/many ... as (comparatives)"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

19 March 2019

19/03/19

Hola Nicole

Do you mean tanto here is an adverb? It is when we are comparing the "action", for example:

"Rosario bebe tanto como Carmen" (Rosario drinks as much as Carmen.)

In this case tanto is invariable.

But tanto is an adjective when we compare "things", for example:

"La gallina tiene tantas plumas como el gallo." (The hen has as many feathers as the rooster.)

As an adjective, here, it needs to agree with the noun (plumas, feminine plural). 

Hope this helps

Saludos

Inma

Nicole

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Thank you.  I wanted to make sure, because in the lesson it doesn't mention what part of speech these are, if they are adverbs or not, etc. It may seem obvious, but to learners it's fraught with unknowns. It would be nice for parts of speech are mentioned in a lesson such as this.  

I found it interesting how many parts of speech a word can have in Spanish.  So this would be helfpul and appreciated. 

Nicole

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