Using tanto como with verbs and nouns to say as much/many ... as (comparatives)

To say you have as much or as many of something as something else in Spanish, we use tanto ... como if the thing we are comparing is a noun, or tanto como if what we are comparing is a verb.

Using tanto ... como with nouns

Mi primo tiene tanto dinero como tu sobrino.
My cousin has as much money as your nephew.

Él tiene tanta paciencia como ella.
He has as much patience as she does.

Tiene tantos gatos como ella.
He has as many cats as she does.

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

Notice we use tanto, tanta, tantos, or tantas in order to agree in number and gender with the noun that follows.

Using tanto como after a verb

Mis alumnos aprenden tanto como tus alumnos.
My students learn as much as your students.

Rosario bebe tanto como Carmen.
Rosario drinks as much as Carmen.

Las naranjas cuestan tanto como las manzanas.
Oranges cost as much as apples.

Note that tanto como, in this case never changes.
Unlike in English, you don't repeat the verb at the end:
 Él tiene tanta paciencia como ella tiene.
 He has as much patience as she does.

See also:
Using tan ... como = as ... as (comparatives with adjectives and adverbs)

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Examples and resources

Rosario bebe tanto como Carmen.
Rosario drinks as much as Carmen.


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


Mis alumnos aprenden tanto como tus alumnos.
My students learn as much as your students.


Tiene tantos gatos como ella.
He has as many cats as she does.


Él tiene tanta paciencia como ella.
He has as much patience as she does.


Las naranjas cuestan tanto como las manzanas.
Oranges cost as much as apples.


Mi primo tiene tanto dinero como tu sobrino.
My cousin has as much money as your nephew.


Q&A

Kong Yiu Louis

Kwiziq community member

11 March 2019

1 reply

Your tip is: "tanto como after a verb never changes.". But your A 2 is "lleva tantas maletas como ...". So "tanto como" changes to "tanta como".

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

12 March 2019

12/03/19

Hola Kong Yiu Louis,

The unchangeable "tanto como" is referring to "as much as" when we are not comparing "things" but we are saying that someone "does something" as much as someone else. 

So, in this lesson there are two parts:

1. verb + tanto/-a/-os/-as + noun + como    (here tanto changes to agree with the noun)

2. verb + tanto como (here tanto como does not change)

I will add a clarification to the tip so it is clear it refers to number 2 cases. 

Gracias y un saludo

Inma

Mags

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2017

1 reply

Does the comparative agree only with the noun following it?

Comprad tanta carne como pescado. Should I ignore the gender of the second noun?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

24 October 2017

24/10/17

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