Learning how to say how much in Spanish is an important part of the Spanish language learning journey. If you’re visiting a Spanish-speaking country or want to communicate with Spanish speakers, you’ll benefit from learning how to ask about prices or how much something costs.
It’s also valuable to understand how to say how much time something may take or how food is left. The list goes on. In this post, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about asking how much in Spanish.
All the Ways to Say How Much in Spanish
The most common way you’ll ask about how much something is when you’re asking for the price of something. As in English, there are many different ways to say “how much is it” in Spanish. These are the most ways of asking “how much is it” in Spanish.
|¿Cuánto cuesta?||How much does it cost?|
|¿Cuánto sale?||How much is it?|
|¿Cuánto es?||How much is it?|
|¿A cuánto está el pan?||How much is the bread?|
|¿Cuánto vale el café?||How much is coffee?|
|¿Cuánto te debo?||How much do I owe you?|
|¿Qué precio tiene este collar?||What is the price of this necklace?|
How much vs how many in Spanish
Similar to English, in Spanish, we also differentiate how much and how many with whether the nouns are countable or uncountable.
We use “how much” in English to talk about uncountable nouns. These nouns can’t be counted individually because they are part of a whole. For example, water or rice are uncountable nouns.
On the other hand, we use “how many”, when we can count units of the nouns. For example, one apple or five apples
In Spanish, uncountable nouns are treated in the singular form, and countable nouns are treated in the plural form. The other thing to note in Spanish is that you also need to know the gender of the noun.
|How much (Uncountable)||Cuánto||Cuánta|
|How many (Countable)||Cuántos||Cuántas|
Uncountable Examples (Cuánto, Cuánta)
- ¿Cuánto tiempo llevan juntos?
- ¿Cuánta harina lleva la receta?
- How much time have you been together?
- How much flour is in this dessert?
Countable Examples (Cuántos, Cuántas)
- ¿Cuántos años llevan juntos?
- ¿Cuántas personas fueron a la fiesta?
- ¿Cuántas manzanas lleva este postre?
- How many years have you been together?
- How many people went to the party?
- How many apples are in this dessert?
How Much in Spanish: Common Expressions
Now that we know some basic principles of cuánto, let’s look at some common questions using these words. Notice here the differences between “how much” and “how many”.
|¿Cuánto tiempo necesitas?||How much time do you need?|
|¿Cuántos años tienes?||How old are you?|
|¿Cuánto dinero quieres?||How much money do you want?|
|¿Cuánto sabes de astrología?||How much do you know about astrology?|
|¿Sabes cuánto significa esto para mí?||Do you know how much this means to me?|
|¿Cuánto pagas de renta?||How much rent do you pay?|
|¿Cuántos países conoces?||How many countries do you know?|
|¿Cuántas veces te dije lo mismo?||How many times have I told you the same thing?|
|¿Cuántas veces fuiste?||How many times did you go?|