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.

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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 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.
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.
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