cuanto

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Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin quantus ‎(how much, how many)

Pronoun[edit]

cuanto n ‎(correlative of tanto)

  1. whatever quantity, as much, however much
    Dame cuanto tienes. — “Give me however many you have.”
  2. (in “en cuanto a...”) however much concern; “regard”; regarding; as for
    En cuanto al imperativo,.... — “With regard to the imperative,....”
  3. (in “en cuanto”) as much time; “the moment”; “the meantime
    En cuanto hablé,.... — “The moment I spoke,....”
    En cuanto pueda, responderé. “As soon as I can, I'll respond”
Usage notes[edit]
  • (whatever, as much, however much): The phrase “por cuanto” is often translated into English as “inasmuch as”.
  • (whatever, as much, however much): To express the interrogative, cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:
    ¿Cuánto tienes? — “How much do you have?”
  • (in “en cuanto a...”, regard): The phrase “en cuanto a...” (historically often written as “en cuanto á...”) is often translated into English with alternate constructions like “as for” or “as to”:
    En cuanto al imperativo,.... — “As for the imperative,....”
  • (in “en cuanto...”, the moment): The phrase “en cuanto...” is often translated into English as “as soon as”:
    En cuanto hablé,.... — “As soon as I spoke,....”
  • (in “en cuanto...”, the moment): The phrase “en cuanto...” to talk about the future is often translated into English with the subjunctive
    En cuanto pueda,.... — “As soon as I can,....”

Adjective[edit]

cuanto m ‎(feminine singular cuanta, masculine plural cuantos, feminine plural cuantas)

  1. as much [of]; as many; however much; however many
    Bebe cuanta agua quieres. — “Drink as much water as you want.”
  2. (used in plural) as many things or people, all
  3. (after “unos) few; quite a few; a handful
    unos cuantos unas cuantas — “a few” or “quite a few”, depending on context.
    Habían unas cuantas personas en la reunión.
    There were only a handful of people at the meeting.
    Coge unos cuantos.
    Take a handful (a few).
  4. (with comparatives) however much; however many; (constructing parallel comparatives) “the..., the...”
    • 1882, Víctor Balaguer, Tragedias: Los Esponsales de la Muerta, page 366:
      Cuanta más agua le quitan más le queda.
      — “The more water they remove for him, the more remains.”
Usage notes[edit]

The adjective cuanto is often used substantively with an implied noun. For example, with the topic agua already established, the noun may be omitted:

Bebe cuanto quieres. — “Drink as much [water] as you want.”

To express the interrogative, cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:

¿Cuánto aqua quieres? — “How much water do you want?”

Adverb[edit]

cuanto ‎(correlative)

  1. as much; however much; in whatever quantity
Usage notes[edit]

To express the interrogative, the cuánto (with an accent mark) is used instead:

¿Cuánto cuesta? — “How much does it cost?”

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Recent borrowing from Latin quantum.

Noun[edit]

cuanto m ‎(plural cuantos)

  1. (physics) quantum