Using unos cuantos/unas cuantas + noun (quantitative adjectives)

In Spanish, to express "a few" we can use "unos cuantos/unas cuantas".

This is always used in the plural form, as it always refers to more than one [something]. It can refer to things or people.

Let's see some examples:

He visto a Javier con unos cuantos amigos en el parque.
I saw Javier with a few friends in the park.

Voy a salir tarde porque tengo que hacer unas cuantas llamadas urgentes.
I am going to leave late because I need to make a few urgent calls.

Ha ahorrado unos cuantos euros para salir de copas este sábado.
She has saved a few euros to go out drinking this Saturday.

Había unas cuantas personas esperando el autobús.
There were a few people waiting for the bus.

Notice how unos cuantos and unas cuantas need to agree with the noun they refer to. 

See also Difference between "poco" and "un poco" 

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Ha ahorrado unos cuantos euros para salir de copas este sábado.
She has saved a few euros to go out drinking this Saturday.


Había unas cuantas personas esperando el autobús.
There were a few people waiting for the bus.


He visto a Javier con unos cuantos amigos en el parque.
I saw Javier with a few friends in the park.


Voy a salir tarde porque tengo que hacer unas cuantas llamadas urgentes.
I am going to leave late because I need to make a few urgent calls.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

EmanuelB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

I would like to ask for what is the difference between unos/algunos and unos cuantos?

Asked 4 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Emanuel

The difference between them is pretty much the same difference between the English: "some" (generally translated as unos or algunos) and "a few/several" (generally translated as unos cuantos/ varios).

They are very similar in their meaning. 

Saludos

Inma

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