Difference between "multe" and "tre"
When do you use one word versus the other? both words seem to mean the same thing, or close to the same thing, yet they are not interchangeable. Can somebody please explain the difference?
Quantity and degree, as has been said. Sometimes they seem interchangeable depending on the word b
- I like it a lot. (quantity) - multe
- I really like it. (degree.) - tre
Other times it changes the meaning.
- He runs fast a lot.
- He runs very fast.
Other times still, it just doesn't work.
- He is very tall.
- He is much tall.
- He very eats.
- He eats a lot.
I like PMEG's explanation about those two quite a lot: http://bertilow.com/pmeg/gramatiko/kvantaj_vortoj/grado_kvanto.html
They mean the same in English (very) but are used somewhat differently.
"multe" is for quantities, durations, many times and so on
"tre" is for high degree or strong intensity
I think of this as a quantity (multe) vs quality (tre).
A good discussion in English: https://lernu.net/en/forumo/temo/10432
They're different in English
- quantity: multe; a lot
- degree: tre; very