Practice Spanish Telling the Time Quiz

Based on the provided image, choose the correct answer to complete the sentence. Make sure to read the option carefully since at first glance they might look very similar. This is a 10 question Spanish quiz to practice telling the time that is meant to help you practice the structures, vocabulary, and conjugations that you need to know to tell the time in Spanish. If you’re still confused about this topic, you could start by checking this guide on how to tell time in Spanish.

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It was 10:55 when Juan arrived.

  1. A Cuando Juan llegó, es la diez cincuenta y cinco.
  2. B Cuando Juan llegó, fueron las diez cincuenta y cinco.
  3. C Cuando Juan llegó, eran las diez cincuenta y cinco.
  4. D Cuando Juan llegó, son las diez cincuenta y cinco.

Telling the time in the past provides you with background information about a specific action or event (Juan arrived). As a result, you need to conjugate the verb ser in the imperfect tense.

It’s four thirty five.

  1. A Son las cuatro treinta y cinco.
  2. B Es la cuatro treinta y cinco.
  3. C Son la cuatro treinta y cinco.
  4. D Son las cuatro menos veinticinco.

In Spanish, aside from 1 am/pm and some vocabulary, most hours of the day are plural. This means that the verb ser needs to be conjugated in plural form and you also need to use ‘las’, a feminine plural definite article.

It’s three in the afternoon.

  1. A Son las tres de la mañana.
  2. B Es las tres de la tarde.
  3. C Son las tres de la tarde.
  4. D Son las tres en la tarde.

De la tarde is the direct translation of ‘in the afternoon’. If you need to be more precise when telling time in Spanish, you can add the part of the day.

My Spanish class finishes at 11:00 in the morning.

  1. A Mi clase de español es once de la mañana.
  2. B Mi clase de español son a las once.
  3. C Mi clase de español termina a las once de la mañana.
  4. D Mi clase de español son a las once de la mañana.

In Spanish, telling time and mentioning the time when an activity occurred (the end of my Spanish class) are not the same. When telling time you need to use ser. However, if you’re talking about an activity you need to use a verb that describes that event. Since in this case I want to express when my class was over, I used the verb terminar (finish).

Wake up! It’s eight twenty five.

  1. A ¡Despierta! Son la ocho y veinticinco.
  2. B ¡Despierta! Es la ocho veinticinco.
  3. C ¡Despierta! Fueron las ocho y veinticinco.
  4. D ¡Despierta! Son las ocho y veinticinco.

In Spanish, you can use the conjunction ‘y’ to add minutes when telling the time. Remember that aside from 1am/pm and some time-related vocabulary, all hours work with plural elements: ser conjugated in plural form (son) and a feminine plural definite article (las).

It’s 20 minutes to 1.

  1. A Son las doce menos veinte.
  2. B Es la una menos veinte.
  3. C Son las doce y cuarto.
  4. D Es la una veinte.

In Spanish, we use the word menos to express the remaining minutes until the next hour. This example expresses that there are twenty minutes left until 1, in other words, it’s 12:40. Keep in mind that menos only works after the 30 minute mark.

It’s one in the afternoon.

  1. A Es la una de la tarde.
  2. B Son la una de la tarde.
  3. C Es las unas de la tarde.
  4. D Fue la una.

In Spanish, 1am/pm is a singular hour. This means that ser needs to be conjugated in the third-singular person (es) and that you need to use la a singular feminine definite article.

Sandy, it’s two and thirty.

  1. A Sandy, son doce y media.
  2. B Sandy, son las dos menos treinta.
  3. C Sandy, es las dos y treinta.
  4. D Sandy, son las dos y media.

In Spanish, we use media to replace the number thirty (treinta). ‘Media’ is translated as ‘half’. In this case, the expressions ‘son las dos y media’ and ‘son las dos treinta’ are the same and interchangeable.

The store closes at five in the afternoon.

  1. A La tienda cierra a las cinco de la tarde.
  2. B Mi cita es a la cinco de la tarde.
  3. C La tienda es cinco de la tarde.
  4. D La tienda es a las cinco de la tarde.

When telling the time when an activity took place, you don’t need to use the verb ser. In fact, in this context, you need to use a verb that describes the action or event that you’re talking about. In this previous example, I want to inform the time when the store closes. Thus, I use the verb cerrar.  

It’s ten minutes until six.

  1. A Son las seis menos diez.
  2. B Son las seis y diez.
  3. C Es la seis menos diez.
  4. D Son las siete diez.

Menos is used to express the remaining minutes until the next hour. In this example, menos expresses that there are 10 minutes before it’s 6. ‘Menos’ is very popular in conversational Spanish.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
It was 10:55 when Juan arrived.
It’s four thirty five.
It’s three in the afternoon.
My Spanish class finishes at 11:00 in the morning.
Wake up! It’s eight twenty five.
It’s 20 minutes to 1.
It’s one in the afternoon.
Sandy, it’s two and thirty.
The store closes at five in the afternoon.
It’s ten minutes until six.

Practice Preterite Tense Conjugation Spanish Quiz

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct Spanish preterite tense conjugation. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice both regular and irregular conjugations in the preterite tense.  The Spanish preterite tense is used to talk about completed actions that have a clear ending or starting point. In this resource, you can check both how to conjugate verbs in the preterite tense as well as when to use this tense.

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Emma maestra de inglés en España

Emma was an English teacher in Spain (ser)

Ser is used to talk about people’s past professions. In the preterite tense, ‘ser’ is an irregular verb and its conjugation for the third person (She/He) is fue.

La semana pasada, Charlie   al cine con Claudia

Last week, Charlie went to the movies with Claudia (ir)

In the preterite tense, ser and ir share the same conjugation, but ‘ir’ is still used to talk about movement while ‘ser’ talks about profession, nationality and people’s characteristics. The conjugation for the third singular person (She/He) is fue.  

Ayer mi vestido rojo

Yesterday I wore my red dress (ponerse)

Just like in the present tense, ponerse is also irregular in the preterite tense. Notice that reflexive verbs follow the same conjugation rules as non-reflexive verbs.  Me puse is the conjugation for yo since it was me who performed the action on myself. 

Mis papás años en abril

My parents had their birthdays in April (cumplir)

In Spanish, the expression cumplir años means ‘to have a birthday’. Cumplir is a regular verb, as a result, you just need to add the proper ending to the verb’s root. In this case, mis papás (plural) use the ending -ieron (cumplieron)

Lydia no hoy

Lydia did not have breakfast today (desayunar)

Preterite tense talks about completed actions with a clear starting or ending point. This is indicated with a time expression, in this case, hoy. So, in this case, desayunar needs to be conjugated in the past tense because the action has already finished. Desayunó is the regular conjugation for the third person singular (she/he).

Mike, ¿ la basura?

Mike, did you take the trash out? (sacar)

‘Sacaste’ is the preterite conjugation for the second person singular (tú). Notice that sacar has some irregularities if used with the person yo. Since I’m assuming that the action is completed (taking the trash out), I need to conjugate the verb in the preterite tense.

Zoe ya su tarea de español

Zoe already finished her Spanish homework (terminar)

Ya (already) is one of the most common time expressions that triggers preterite in Spanish. Also, terminar is a regular verb, as a result, you just need to add the regular ending for verbs with -ar ending. For the third singular person (Zoe) would be terminó.

Ayer   en la noche a mi perro a caminar

Last night I took my dog out for a walk (sacar)

When it comes to the first person singular (Yo), sacar has some spelling irregularities that are meant to preserve the pronunciation of this word. So, in this case, the conjugation for this verb is saqué. This irregularity is present in all verbs that end with ‘-car’ (tocar, sacar, buscar, explicar, etc).

¿Sabes a dónde mis papás?

Do you know where my parents went? (ir)

In the preterite tense, ir shares the same conjugation as ser. However, ir expresses movement or to go to a certain place. Fueron is the conjugation for the person ‘ellos’ (my parents).

Anna y Maya el año pasado

Anna and Maya got married last year (casarse)

In Spanish, the preterite tense talks about actions that have a clear ending or starting point which we indicate with time markers such as el año pasado. Since this point in time is clearly defined, the verb ‘casarse’ needs to be conjugated in the preterite. Casarse means to get married and its preterite conjugation for this case is se casaron.

Mamá, no qué decirle a la vecina

Mom, I did not know what to say to the neighbor (saber)

In the preterite tense, saber is an irregular verb. As a result, its root changes to ‘sup-’. In this case, the correct conjugation for the first person singular (Yo) is supe.

Mis amigos y yo no   tener una fiesta de graduación

My friends and I did not want a graduation party (querer)

Querer is an irregular verb in the preterite tense. Although there is not a time expression in this example, a graduation party usually just happens once. Since this is a specific event that finished in the past, you need to use pretérito. Quisimos is the conjugation for ‘nosotros’ (my friends and I). 

Ben, ¿qué le a Paola la semana pasada?

Ben, what did you tell Paola last week? (decir)

La semana pasada is a common expression that triggers preterite since it indicates a clear point in the past. Decir is an irregular in the preterite tense. In this example, the verb needs to be conjugated for the person ‘Tú’. As a result, dijiste is the correct answer.

El año pasado, en Argentina

Last year, I lived in Argentina (vivir)

The action (me living in Argentina) in this example has a clear ending: last year. Vivir follows a regular conjugation model in the preterite tense. As a result, you need to add the proper ending to the root (Yo viví). Notice that accents are an important part of some preterite conjugations.

Anoche mis hermanos con agua fría

Last night, my brothers showered with cold water (bañarse)

In the preterite tense, reflexive verbs follow the conjugation model of its non-reflexive verb. In this case, bañarse follows the conjugation that you would use with bañar, but you just need to make sure to add the proper reflexive pronoun. In this case, we’re talking about them (my brothers), so the correct conjugation is se bañaron.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Emma ____ maestra de inglés en España
La semana pasada, Charlie _____  al cine con Claudia
Ayer _____ mi vestido rojo
Mis papás ____ años en abril
Lydia no ______ hoy
Mike, ¿_____ la basura?
Zoe ya ______ su tarea de español
Ayer ____  en la noche a mi perro a caminar
¿Sabes a dónde ______ mis papás?
Anna y Maya ______ el año pasado
Mamá, no _____ qué decirle a la vecina
Mis amigos y yo no _____  tener una fiesta de graduación
Ben, ¿qué le ____ a Paola la semana pasada?
El año pasado, ____ en Argentina
Anoche mis hermanos ______ con agua fría

Related Resources:

Guide to Spanish Preterite Tense

Spanish Reflexive Verbs: Preterite Conjugation

Practice Imperfect Tense Quiz

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct conjugation for each verb in the imperfect tense. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice verb conjugation in the imperfect tense.  Many Spanish learners struggle to understand when to use the imperfect tense. If you still have doubts about the situations where you need to use this tense, check out when to use imperfect in Spanish.

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Todos los domingos, mi hermano y yo (visitar) a mis abuelos

Every Sunday, my brother and I visited our grandparents

Visitábamos is the conjugation for ‘nosotros’ (my brother and I). Imperfecto allows you to talk about your past routines and habits which in this case would be visiting our grandparents.

Cuando Susan era niña, no le   (gustar) jugar con sus hermanas

When Susan was little, she didn’t like playing with her sisters

In Spanish, the imperfect tense is used to describe a person’s past feelings, likes and dislikes. Cuando is one of the most common time markers for the imperfect tense.

(Ser) las doce de la noche cuando llegamos a casa

It was midnight when we arrived home

One of the most common uses of the imperfect tense is to talk about time in the past tense. We use eran for most hours of the day with the exception of 1:00 and other nouns that indicate time such as mediodía or medianoche.

Esteban y Lucas (tener) trece años cuando se mudaron a Buenos Aires

Esteban and Lucas were thirteen years old when the moved to Buenos Aires

When mentioning your age in the past, you need to use the imperfect tense since this information is more contextual. Remember that in Spanish we use ‘tener’ for discussing age. Tenían is the correct conjugation for the person ‘ellos’ (Lucas and Esteban). 

¿A qué escuela (ir), Lorena?

What school did Lorena go?

The imperfect tense allows you to talk about your past habits and routines such as going to school. Iba is the conjugation for the third person singular.

Antes, los niños no (ver) tanta televisión

Back then, the kids didn’t watch that much TV

Antes is one of the most common time markers for the imperfect tense. So, if a sentence starts with this word it’s very likely that you’ll need to conjugate your verbs in the imperfect tense. Additionally, this example is providing contextual information about how things were in the past.

Perdón, (yo - ir)  a llamarte, pero mi celular se descargó

I was going to call you, but my phone ran out of charge

In Spanish, imperfecto is also used to talk about actions that you meant to do but, for some reason, you couldn’t perform. Usually, in these cases, we use verbs such as ir, querer or desear. ‘Iba’ is the conjugation for ‘yo’.

El día que nos conocimos, Matt no (llevar) sus lentes

The day we met, Matt wasn’t wearing his glasses

The imperfect provides details about the circumstances that surrounded an action. In this example, Matt not wearing his glasses is just contextual information, therefore, llevar needs to be conjugated in the imperfect tense.

Lucy y yo (ser) las más altas de la clase

Lucy and I were the tallest of the class

In order to describe people in the past, we need to use the imperfect tense. Éramos is the conjugated form of ‘ser’ for ‘nosotras’ (Lucy and I).

¿Se acuerdan que ustedes se (caer) mal en la escuela?

Do you remember that you guys didn’t like each other in school?

We use imperfecto to talk about actions whose ending and beginning are not clear. In this case, we have a rough idea when this behavior was taking place, but we don’t know exactly when it started or stopped. Caían is the imperfect conjugation for ‘ustedes’.

Creo que la cita (ser) a las tres de la tarde

I think the appointment was at three in the afternoon

In Spanish, we use the imperfect tense to say the time in the past. Although most hours use the plural conjugation, when preceded by the preposition ‘a’ you need to use ‘era’.

En mi clase de español del semestre pasado (haber) dos chicas alemanas

In my Spanish class from last semester there were two German girls

Imperfect is a tense that allows you to describe things in the past. In this case, the number of german students in your class. When talking about existence, haber always works in the singular form. As a result, the correct conjugation is había.

Cuando era niña, yo no (querer) idiomas

When I was little, I didn’t want to learn languages

Cuando is one of the most common time markers that triggers the imperfect tense. By using imperfecto in this example, we’re describing my past feelings about language learning.

Todos los domingos, Tom (comer) mucho chocolate

Every Sunday, Tom ate a lot of chocolate

We use the imperfect tense to talk about past habits and routines. In this case, eating chocolate was a routine that Tom did every Sunday. Comía is the conjugation for the third singular person.

Para llegar temprano a la escuela, Sandy  (levantarse) a las seis de la mañana

In order to arrive early to school, Sandy woke up at six in the morning

Past routines and habits require you to use the imperfect tense since they’re activities that you don’t know when they started or finished. Se levantaba is the correct reflexive conjugation in the imperfect tense.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Todos los domingos, mi hermano y yo ______ (visitar) a mis abuelos
Cuando Susan era niña, no le ______  (gustar) jugar con sus hermanas
(Ser) _____ las doce de la noche cuando llegamos a casa
Esteban y Lucas _______ (tener) trece años cuando se mudaron a Buenos Aires
¿A qué escuela _____ (ir), Lorena?
Antes, los niños no _____ (ver) tanta televisión
Perdón, _____ (yo - ir)  a llamarte, pero mi celular se descargó
El día que nos conocimos, Matt no _______ (llevar) sus lentes
Lucy y yo ________ (ser) las más altas de la clase
¿Se acuerdan que ustedes se _____ (caer) mal en la escuela?
Creo que la cita _____ (ser) a las tres de la tarde
En mi clase de español del semestre pasado ______ (haber) dos chicas alemanas
Cuando era niña, yo no _____ (querer) idiomas
Todos los domingos, Tom _____ (comer) mucho chocolate
Para llegar temprano a la escuela, Sandy  ________ (levantarse) a las seis de la mañana

Practice Spanish Desde vs Desde Hace Quiz

Desde and desde hace are two expressions that will help you measure time in Spanish. Since they look very similar, it’s easy to confuse them.  In this quiz, you’ll find different exercises that will help you practice desde and desde hace in Spanish. Given the sentence, fill in the blank with ‘desde’ or ‘desde hace’.  If you’re still struggling with these words, I encourage you to look at what’s the difference between ‘desde’ and ‘desde hace’ in Spanish.

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Estudio español dos años

I have studied Spanish for two years

Desde hace expresses the amount of time that a person has performed an action. In this case, it expresses how long I have been studying Spanish (two years). ‘Desde hace’ works with numbers.

No he visto a Sandra ayer

I haven’t seen Sandra since yesterday

Desde is the direct translation of ‘since’ and ‘as of’. As a result, this preposition focuses on the beginning or starting point of an action. In this example, ayer (yesterday) was the starting point of the action presented in the statement: the fact that I haven’t seen Sandra.

Me mudé a España 2010

I’ve lived in Spain since 2010

Desde is used to express when an action started. As a result, it can work with specific dates or nouns. In this example, 2010 is the starting point of the action moving to Spain.

Mario está enfermo dos semanas

Mario has been sick for two weeks

In Spanish, we use desde hace to express how long an action has been taking place or how long since an action took place. ‘Desde hace’ means ‘for’ in this context and it works with numbers and adverbs that help you measure the amount of time that has passed.

¿ cuándo empezaste a aprender español?

Since when did you start learning Spanish?

Desde can be used to ask people when an action started. To do so, ‘desde’ works with the word ‘cuándo’ and a verb in the past tense. Based on this example: preguntamos cuándo esta persona comenzó a estudiar español (when the person started to study Spanish).

Nosotros no hemos tenido vacaciones tres años

We haven’t had a vacation for three years

Desde hace allows you to express for how long you have or haven’t done something: in case, the amount of time that has passed since you went to the beach. You can indicate these periods of time with numbers or adverbial expressions.

que llegó de México, María está muy triste

Since she arrived from Mexico, Maria is very sad

In Spanish, desde means ‘since’, as a result, it’s used to express the moment when an action started. When combined with ‘que’, desde allows you to set another action or event as the starting point. In this case, ‘desde que llegó’ is the starting point of Maria’s sadness.

La película empezó tres horas

The movie started three hours ago

When working with the preterite tense, desde hace can be translated as ‘ago’. In this case, we’re still measuring and emphasizing the amount of time that has passed since the movie started: desde hace tres horas.

Lisa y Chloe no se han visto Navidad

Lisa and Chloe haven’t seen each other since Christmas

As a preposition that expresses when something began, desde can work with dates that can be presented in the form of numbers or nouns. In this example, Navidad is the date when Lisa and Chloe last saw each other.

No he comido carne dos meses

I haven’t eaten meat for two months

Desde hace measures and emphasizes the periods of time in which an action has been performed. In other words, express the amount of time that I haven’t eaten meat which will be dos meses.

¿ cuánto que no practicas Español?

For how long haven’t you practiced Spanish?

Desde hace measures specific amounts of time. So, if you want to ask a person how long they have (or haven’t) been doing an action, you’ll need to use the questioning word cuánto since it asks for quantitative things. 

Me duele la cabeza ayer en la noche

I have had a headache since last night

Desde allows you to express when an action started. In this case, it will allow you to specify when your ‘dolor de cabeza’ (headache) started. In order to establish this starting point, desde works with nouns and with adverbs of time such as ayer, hoy and mañana.  

mañana, Gabriel trabajará conmigo

As of tomorrow, Gabriel will be working with me

In Spanish, desde allows us to specify when an action took or will take place. Based on this example, we know that our starting point (when Gabriel starts working) will be ‘mañana’ (tomorrow). Desde works with nouns and adverbs, such as ‘mañana’, to establish the beginning of an action.

Melissa y yo somos amigas la secundaria

Melissa and I are friends since junior high

Desde works with nouns and adverbs to indicate when an action started. La secundaria (junior high) is a noun that I can use to mark the beginning of my friendship with Melissa.

Ustedes no han comido nada la mañana

You guys haven’t eaten anything since the morning

Desde + noun indicates when an action or event started. In this case, the action described in our statement began in the morning (la mañana). ‘Desde’ means since’. 

¿ cuándo Paula y tú son amigas?

Since when Paula and you are friends?

Desde expresses when an action started. So, if you obtain this information from someone, you’ll need to use the questioning word cuándo which means ‘when’.

¿ cuánto vives en Guadalajara?

How long have you lived in Guadalajara?

Desde hace expresses how long an action has been performed. When using ‘desde hace’ for questions, you need to combine it with ‘cuánto’ since this word allows you to ask about quantitative things.

Tengo trabajando aquí 2005

I have been working here since 2005

2005 expresses the moment that the speaker started to work in this place. As a result, you need to complete your sentence with ‘desde’. This preposition works with dates and nouns.

Vanessa y Luis viven juntos cuatro semanas

Vanessa and Luis have lived together for four weeks

Cuatro semanas is the period of time that Vanessa and Luis have performed an action (living together). Since ‘desde hace’ is used to express amounts of time, you need to include it in your sentence. This time expression works with numbers and adverbial expressions that show how much time has passed.

No he comido pastel mi cumpleaños

I haven’t eaten any cake since my birthday

In Spanish, desde is used to mark when an action that continues in the present started. In this case, the beginning of ‘no he comido pastel’ is ‘mi cumpleaños’. In order to set the starting point of an action, desde works with nouns and dates.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Estudio español ______ dos años
No he visto a Sandra _____ ayer
Me mudé a España ____ 2010
Mario está enfermo ______ dos semanas
¿_____ cuándo empezaste a aprender español?
Nosotros no hemos tenido vacaciones ______ tres años
________ que llegó de México, María está muy triste
La película empezó _____ tres horas
Lisa y Chloe no se han visto ______ Navidad
No he comido carne ______ dos meses
¿________ cuánto que no practicas Español?
Me duele la cabeza _____ ayer en la noche
_____ mañana, Gabriel trabajará conmigo
Melissa y yo somos amigas ______ la secundaria
Ustedes no han comido nada _______ la mañana
¿______ cuándo Paula y tú son amigas?
¿_______ cuánto vives en Guadalajara?
Tengo trabajando aquí ______ 2005
Vanessa y Luis viven juntos _____ cuatro semanas
No he comido pastel _______ mi cumpleaños

Related Resources

How to Use ‘Desde Hace’ in Spanish

Practice Spanish Muy vs Mucho Quiz

Given the sentence, fill in the blanks with the correct answer: muy, mucho, mucha, muchos, muchas. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice the difference between ‘muy’ and ‘mucho’.

Muy and mucho are Spanish words that are very easily confused by new and experienced learners. If you’re still struggling to understand when to use these words, check out the difference between muy and mucho.

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Mi hermana tiene perros

My sister has many dogs

Muchos is an adjective and it’s placed before the noun. It talks about a plurality in quantity and amounts. In this case, muchos expresses the amount of dogs that my sister has: many or a lot.

La película estuvo aburrida

The movie was very boring

As an adverb, muy goes before an adjective or a verb. ‘Muy’ allows you to intensify the action or characteristics presented. In the previous example, aburrida (boring) is the characteristic and it’s intensified by muy.

Vanessa y Lauren son agradables

Vanessa and Lauren are very nice

Muy intensifies the qualities presented by an adjective. Agradable is the adjective used to describe Vanessa and Lauren. ‘Muy’ can be translated as ‘very’.

En México, gente habla español

In Mexico, a lot of people speak Spanish

Mucha works with femine singular Spanish nouns and it expresses the quantity or amount of this noun. In this case, it talks about the amount of people that speak Spanish.

Mi novio es alto

My boyfriend is very tall

Alto is an adjective that we use to describe a person (my boyfriend). By placing muy before ‘alto’, we’re intensifying this quality.

Carla es tímida y no habla

Carla is shy and she doesn’t speak a lot

When placed after a verb, mucho works as an adverb and it doesn’t have a plural or feminine form since it’s qualifying an action. In this case, mucho expresses the amount of talking that Carla does.  

Te dije veces que no me gusta el chocolate

I told you many times that I don’t like chocolate

In this case, muchas is placed before the feminine and plural noun ‘veces’. As a result, it’s expressing the amount of times that I said something. 

Ayer me comí tacos

Yesterday I ate a lot of tacos

Muchos is used to express amounts and quantities. In this case, it helps us measure and express the amount of tacos that I ate. When it comes to talking about amounts, you can use an exact number or you can work with an adjective of quantity.

Tus primos comen rápido

Your cousins eat very fast

As an adverb, muy allows you to intensify how an action is being done. In this case, we describe that your cousins eat fast and we emphasize this caractheric by using ‘muy’.

No hablo bien español

I don’t speak Spanish very well

Muy works with both verbs and adjectives and intensifies how an action is done. In this example, the action is ‘hablar español’ and muy intensifies the fact that the subject is not very good at it.

El boleto de avión me costó dinero

The plane ticket costed me a lot of money

Mucho is an adjective that works with masculine singular nouns in Spanish. We use it to express the quantity of something. In this case, the amount of money.

Sandy viajaba cuando era joven

Sandy used to travel a lot when she was young

When placed after a verb, mucho qualifies an action. This example expresses the amount of times that Sandy used to travel. Since we don’t have an exact number of trips, we can just say mucho.

Te quiero

I love you very much

Unlike English, in Spanish there’s no structure such as ‘very much’. Instead, we only use mucho or muchísimo. Mucho expresses the degree or level with which an action is performed, in this case, we express the degree of ‘love’. 

gracias por ayudarme con mi tarea

Thank you very much for helping me with my homework

Gracias is a feminine plural noun. As a result, you need to use muchas. Remember that muchas is an adjective that expresses amounts and quantities: in this case, your gratefulness.

En mi cumpleaños quiero flores

On my birthday, I want a lot of flowers

Muchas allows you to measure the amount of something. In this case, the quantity of flowers that I want for my birthday. Depending on the context, muchas can be translated as ‘many’ or ‘a lot of’.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Mi hermana tiene ______ perros
La película estuvo _______ aburrida
Vanessa y Lauren son _____ agradables
En México, _____ gente habla español
Mi novio es ___ alto
Carla es tímida y no habla ______
Te dije _____ veces que no me gusta el chocolate
Ayer me comí _____ tacos
Tus primos comen _____ rápido
No hablo ____ bien español
El boleto de avión me costó _______ dinero
Sandy viajaba _____ cuando era joven
Te quiero _____
______ gracias por ayudarme con mi tarea
En mi cumpleaños quiero _____ flores

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Practice Spanish Pero vs Sino Quiz

Given the sentence, choose the correct answer. This 15 question Spanish quiz is meant to help you practice the conjunctions pero and sino.  

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Me gusta el chocolate,  _____ no el chocolate blanco

I like chocolate, but not white chocolate

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

In Spanish, pero is used to add contrasting information or details to a previous statement. In this case, the speaker gives further details by saying that she or he likes chocolate but not white chocolate.

El examen no es mañana, _____ hasta el lunes

The exam is not tomorrow, but on Monday

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

Sino adds more information and negates/corrects the statement presented before. In this example, we’re denying the statement “the test is tomorrow” and we correct it by saying the right date (Monday). Sino always works with negative sentences.

Sé español, ____ no hablo muy bien

I know Spanish, but I don’t speak very well

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

We use pero to add opposite information to a previous statement. ‘...pero no hablo muy bien’ offers more details about the speaker’s performance in Spanish.

Clara es muy inteligente, _____ muy floja para estudiar

Clara is very smart, but she’s very lazy to study

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

‘Pero es muy floja para estudiar’ not only is an opposite idea to the first statement, but also provides further information about Clara. In Spanish, ‘pero’ is used to connect two sentences with opposite ideas.

No puedo ayudarte hoy, _____ mañana

I can’t help you today, but rather tomorrow

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

Sino works with negative sentences and it denies and corrects the information presented. In this example, ‘...sino mañana’ negates and corrects the first part of the sentence.

No soy española, ____ mexicana

I’m not Spanish, but Mexican

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

Sino works with negative sentences and it denies and corrects the information presented. In this case, not only I’m negating that I’m Spanish, but also I’m giving you further information and correcting you by saying ‘sino mexicana’.

Alex me invitó a su fiesta, _____ no fui

Alex invited me to her party, but I didn’t go

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

We use pero to add opposite information to a previous statement. By using ‘pero no fui’ it’s adding extra details to the first piece of information.

Estoy enferma, _____ no es nada serio

I’m sick, but it’s nothing serious

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

In Spanish, pero is used to connect two sentences with opposite ideas. By adding ‘...pero no es nada serio’, we’re adding more information to the first sentence.

No cuesta 5 dólares, _____ 10

It doesn’t cost 5 dollars, but 10

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

Sino works with negative sentences and it denies and corrects the information presented. In this case, I’m expressing that this object doesn’t cost 5 dollars and I give the correct information by adding ‘sino 10’.

No tengo mascotas, ____ me gustaría tener una

I don’t have pets, but I would like to have one

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

‘...pero me gustaría tener una’ not only is an opposite idea to the first statement (No tengo mascotas’, but also provides more information. In Spanish, ‘pero’ is used to connect two sentences with opposite ideas.

Esto no es café, _____ té

This is not coffee, but tea

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

We use sino to connect, deny and correct negative statements. In this example, we’re expressing that this drink is not water.

No vine a ayudarte con tu trabajo, _____ a descansar

I didn’t come to help you with your work, but to rest

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

We use sino to connect, deny, and correct negative statements. In this example, we’re expressing that the activity we came to do is not working.

Mi perro no es grande, ____ pequeño

My dog is not big, but small

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

‘...sino pequeño’ not only denies that my dog’s size is big, but it also provides the correct information. In Spanish, sino works with negative sentences.

Quiero viajar por el mundo, ____ no tengo tiempo

I want to travel around the world, but I don’t have time

  1. A pero
  2. B sino

In Spanish, pero is used to add contrasting information or details to a previous statement. In this case, by using pero we include the reason why we cannot travel right now.

Diviértanse, ______ tengan cuidado

Have fun, but take care of yourselves

  1. A sino
  2. B pero

Pero is used to connecting two or more sentences with contrasting information. ‘Divertirse’ (have fun) and ‘tener cuidado’ (take care) can be perceived as contrasting statements.

Quiz Results

Question Answer Given Correct Answer
Me gusta el chocolate,  _____ no el chocolate blanco
El examen no es mañana, _____ hasta el lunes
Sé español, ____ no hablo muy bien
Clara es muy inteligente, _____ muy floja para estudiar
No puedo ayudarte hoy, _____ mañana
No soy española, ____ mexicana
Alex me invitó a su fiesta, _____ no fui
Estoy enferma, _____ no es nada serio
No cuesta 5 dólares, _____ 10
No tengo mascotas, ____ me gustaría tener una
Esto no es café, _____ té
No vine a ayudarte con tu trabajo, _____ a descansar
Mi perro no es grande, ____ pequeño
Quiero viajar por el mundo, ____ no tengo tiempo
Diviértanse, ______ tengan cuidado

Since they both can be translated as ‘but’, pero and sino are easy to confuse in Spanish. So, if you’re still struggling to understand these words as well as the contexts where you use them, check out  what are the differences between pero and sino.