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What's the diffrence between "molto" and "tanto"?

Well I've finished the adverbs about 5-6 days but I still can't understand what's the diffrence between molto & tanto... Also qui,qua and li,la confuse me :/ Can someone explain to me?

May 16, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/DetErMinNavn

In my opinion, "molto" means more like "very", and "tanto" is "much". Please correct me if I am wrong.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sheldolina

Nothing like that - they're generally interchangeable, just like qui-qua and lì-là :) Which one is used more mainly depends on region.

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alice2051

Grazie millee :D :)

May 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolo_IT

I'm not sure it depends on region, but you're totally right! :-)

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolo_IT

MOLTO/TANTO can be used as both "very" and "much", depending if the noun is countable or uncountable >> ho molti/tanti amici >> bevo molta/tanta acqua MOLTO can be used to form the superlatives of long adjectives and adverbs TANTO usually introduces a subordinate clause, but that's not a strict rule

About the Others, there are differences, but very subtle and usually unknown to many Italian natives as well. QUI can be translated as "here", a location/space near the speaker (with more spatial clarification) >> la stazione è qui (where "qui" is a very precise location) QUA is the same with less spatial clarification >> vieni qua (where "qua" is not the exact place where the speaker is) LÌ and LÀ (both with stressed vocals, otherwise they are articles) can be translated as "there", a location/space far from the speaker (or near the listener) and both follow the same rules above about clarification. It's pretty complex but in spoken Language you are fine as long as you respect the "near/far" rule!

I hope that helped. Buono studio!

May 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VanPaz610

Similar to molto and tanto, there is 'assai' which though is used mainly in the South

May 18, 2015
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