Using Cuánto + noun in exclamations about quantities

To express surprise at how much of something there is in Spanish we use cuánto, cuánta, cuántos, cuántas in front of the noun, in the same way as in interrogative sentences.

Have a look at the following examples:

¡Cuánto pollo hemos comido!We ate so much chicken! [lit: how much chicken we ate!]

¡Cuánta cerveza hay en la nevera!How much beer there is in the fridge!

¡Cuántos nietos tiene Luisa!Luisa has so many grandchildren! [lit: How many grandchildren Luisa has!]

¡Cuántas curvas hay en esta carretera!How many bends there are in this road!

Notice how cuánto agrees in gender and number with the noun it modifies.

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Examples and resources

¡Cuántos nietos tiene Luisa!Luisa has so many grandchildren! [lit: How many grandchildren Luisa has!]
¡Cuánto pollo hemos comido!We ate so much chicken! [lit: how much chicken we ate!]
¡Cuánta cerveza hay en la nevera!How much beer there is in the fridge!
¡Cuántas curvas hay en esta carretera!How many bends there are in this road!

Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

RuthA2Kwiziq community member

so the difference between this and using cuanto to ask how much is just the intonation??

Asked 3 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Ruth

Actually both cuántos (the cuánto used in this lesson and the cuánto in the interrogative sentence ¿cuánto cuesta? have the same intonation in the word cuánto. You can see that they both have the accent on the -ú. The intonation in the sentence however would be different. Exclamatory sentences like these in the lesson will have a different intonation to the interrogative sentences with cuánto. 

Saludos

Inma

so the difference between this and using cuanto to ask how much is just the intonation??

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