The more the merrier is such a common expression in English, so is in Spanish, but…do you know how to say it in Spanish?
The more, the merrier, who has not used that sentence? Easy question to answer, right? What about, how do you say the more, the merrier in Spanish? Can you answer that as easy?
If you don’t, don’t worry! You are in the right place! Because that is exactly what we are talking about in today’s blog, so if you are ready…
The more, the merrier (and similar structures) in Spanish
First let’s start with the main structure, the main structure of this sentence is
The more…the more, right?
In Spanish we have it too,:
The first the more it becomes CUANTO MÁS
And the second the more is MÁS
Let’s see and example
The more I study, the more I learn, which in Spanish will be “cuanto más estudio, más aprendo”, right? Or another sentence could be:
The more I look at it, the more I like it –> cuanto más lo miro, más me gusta.
That is when we have verbs, but sometimes we will not have verbs, we will have nouns, in that case the structure is pretty much the same, the only thing that will change is “cuanto”, that will match in gender and number with the noun, so cuanto could also be cuantos, cuanta, or cuantas.
The more yeast you put the higher will be the cake ,
yeast is levadura, and it is a feminine, singular noun therefore we will translate that sentence as cuanta más levadura pongas, más alta será la tarta.
And now it is time for the sentence in this blog’s title
The more the merrier in Spanish is cuantos más mejor, or even cuantas más personas mejor.
In the second sentence we use mejor, because the comparative of bueno, is irregular, and it is mejor, no más+adjective. Luckily we don’t have many irregulars.
But…not always more is better, that is why we also need to know how to express….the opposite,
The less…..the less…
And that in Spanish is:
The first the less –> cuanto menos
And the second the less –> menos
the less I do, the less I want to do, that in will be, cuanto menos hago, menos quiero hacer.
The same like above, that is when we have verbs, but if instead we have nouns, cuanto will match the noun in gender and number, see
The less plastic bags you use, the less you pollute, in Spanish cuantas menos bolsas de plástico usas, menos contaminas.
We can also mix and match this two structures and say for example
The less plastic bags you use, better for the environment, cuantos menos bolsas de plástico uses, mejor para el medio ambiente.
Does it makes sense? I hope so, because that is all my friend. 😊
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