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muy: too vs. very

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Is there a way to know when muy is translated better as "too"? Or are "too much" and "very much" closer together in Spanish than in English, like when my husband raises an eyebrow and says, "That dress is very colorful."

4 years ago

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I would guess "muy" would mean "very" unless the context or common knowledge clearly implied a negative to having a lot and then that could make it more likely "too"(much). If your husband will not let you buy it then its "too colorful". Spanish has "demasiado" for unambiguously saying "too"(much).

4 years ago

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Muy is correct for both "Very" and "Too" but it depends on whenever you're using it. For example, "Too much" would translate as "Mucho". Regardless, we also have "Demasiado" or "Bastante" that could translate to "Too" a bit more correctly, but we only use it whenever we really mean to emphasize, but the one I tend to use a lot as well is ending adjectives or adverbs with -Ă­simo.

ex: "Tu vestido es muy colorido" = Your dress is very colorful

El concierto estaba buenĂ­simo, MUY bueno. = The concert was too/really good, VERY good.

4 years ago
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