Luis They cannot be both: If you are close to maxing out your credit cards you are spending a lot; if you have already maxed out your cards, you have spent too much. Thus, you can spend a lot, and still not too much. In the final analysis, just stick to cash, and only use your a card in an emergency, since there are contemplations in the air to do away with the Consumer Financial Bureau Bureau, which compelled banks to make interest rates more manageable.
If you say that it means to spend a lot then to spend much is correct also. This either needs to be moved to an idiomatic section or corrected to accept words that are universally accepted to mean the same thing. If duo lingo doesn't the time to fix these I would be have to help them.
rogercchristie is right. "I spend much" leaves a dangling adjective - it wants something to modify, like "money" or "time" or "good will". Even then, it's kind of peculiar, because most people would say "a lot of" instead of much.
"much [something] is often reserved for more formal or dramatic statements: "Much effort was expended in construction the pyramids." UNLESS the phrase is "much of" - I spent much of my time/a lot of my time - no difference, really.
I came back to this question because later in this lesson "El coche vale mucho" is translated as 'the car costs much' yet in this case, 'I spend much' is incorrect. To me if 'I spend much' is incorrect in this case, then 'the car costs much' should be incorrect as well. I am confused.
Generally speaking, "much" is only used for questions and negative statements. "A lot" is used for positive statements.
"Do you spend much?" "I don't spend much?" BUT "I spend a lot".
I say generally because English loves nothing more than exceptions. In formal speech, one uses much in positive statements. However, in formal speech you would follow much with a noun and, more likely than not, a prepositional phrase clarifying precisely on what you spend the money.
"I spend much money (on books)."
(NOTE: In positive statements with so, as, or too, we use much instead of a lot or lots.)
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FULL DISCLOSURE: Native English speaker - US, Southern Appalachian dialect. Other uses of English may vary. Advice about Spanish should be taken with a grain of salt.
When you place the cursor over mucho - the word is defined as much, very much, or very. I agree "I spend much" sounds awkward while "I spend a lot" sounds better. Does placing mucho after gasto change the translation of mucho to "too much"? Wouldn't it make sense for DL to list the correct translation when the cursor over the words? Thanks.
I am trying an experiment.
Up to this point in my Duolingo journey (Much Italian and some Spanish) when I submitted reports on learning items which I thought had problems (only happened about four times) I did not get feedback. I am thinking that is because I was not yet "verified". I am now verified and just now submitted a report on an item in "Present". The item solicits a translation of, "Yo gasto mucho" to which I responded, "I spend much." This was scored as wrong with the desired translation as, "I spend too much".
I am waiting now to see if I get a response to my report which would indicate that a learner needs to be verified to get the responses.
That may be the case now that verification has started; however, I have received confirmation about reports I submitted the entire time I have been with Duolingo (some 3 years perhaps). I've never gotten any kind of response except in cases where they have accepted my correction. I don't always get them in that case either.