17 October 2013

Differences between 几 and 多少

When we ask how much or how many we can use two different interrogative pronouns, considering what we should use in each case: (jǐ) or 多少 (duōshǎo)


  • it is used for quantities under ten
  • between  and the noun it is needed a classifier (except with )

Nǐmen jiā yǒu jǐ gèrén?
How many people in your family?

Nǐ jǐ suì?
How old are you?

多少 (duōshǎo)

  • can be used for small and big quantities
  • it isn't necessary the use of a classifier

Duōshǎo qián?
How much money?

Nǐ de xuéxiào yǒu duōshǎo xuéshēng?
How many students in your school?