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)




(jǐ)

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

你们家有个人?
Nǐmen jiā yǒu jǐ gèrén?
How many people in your family?

几岁?
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


多少钱?
Duōshǎo qián?
How much money?

你的学校有多少学生?
Nǐ de xuéxiào yǒu duōshǎo xuéshēng?
How many students in your school?