-Fair/enough/quite a few/quite a lot of/quite some- plus noun in Spanish

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Let’s keep seeing indefinite quantity adjectives.

Before we had seen BASTANTE as an adverb to quantify the adjective. Remember:

MI HERMANO ES BASTANTE ALTO

MI BROTHER IS QUITE TALL 


Also, we can use  this word (BASTANTE)  as an adjective to a noun to give an indefinite idea when we want to express an indefinite number that is not very large but not very small either. In English we will use QUITE A FEW/QUITE A LOT OF/QUITE SOME…so on.


Unlike when is used as an adverb to an adjective, BASTANTE changes its plural or singular form depending on the noun, but keeps the same gender, no matter if we are quantifying a masculine or a feminine noun:

EN BARCELONA HAY BASTANTE GENTE

IN BARCELONA THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF PEOPLE

◊ Note: 

  1. GENTE is a singular/feminine noun and BASTANTE keeps the same form in its gender and it is singular because of the singular noun GENTE.

EN BARCELONA HAY BASTANTES  TIENDAS

IN BARCELONA THERE ARE QUITE A FEW SHOPS              

◊ Note: 

  1. TIENDAS is a plural/feminine noun and BASTANTES keeps the same form in its gender and it is plural because of the plural noun TIENDAS.

EN MI CASA HAY BASTANTES LIBROS

IN MI HOUSE THERE ARE QUITE A FEW BOOKS             

◊ Note: 

  1. LIBROS is a plural/masculine noun and BASTANTES keeps the same form in its gender and it is plural because of the plural noun LIBROS.

Using Quite plus noun

Then, we can already start using the indefinite fair/enough/quite a few/quite a lot of/quite some quantity adjectives in a proper sentence:

¿QUÉ HAY EN BARCELONA?

WHAT IS THERE IN BARCELONA?

EN BARCELONA HAY BASTANTES AEROPUERTOS

IN BARCELONA THERE ARE QUITE A FEW AIRPORTS

◊ Note:

  1. BASTANTES does not change its gender as we have explained (remains the same for masculine/singular due the ending vowel E) and it is a plural adjective as AEROPUERTOS is a plural noun.

Or:

¿QUÉ HAY EN BARCELONA?

WHAT IS THERE IN BARCELONA?

EN BARCELONA HAY BASTANTES ESCUELAS

IN BARCELONA THERE ARE QUITE A LOT OF SCHOOLS

◊ Note:

  1. BASTANTES does not change its gender as we have explained (remains the same for masculine/singular due the ending vowel E) and it is a plural adjective as ESCUELAS is a plural noun.
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