Interrogative Quantifiers: How Much? How Many?

In this lesson, we’ll take a look at quantificadores interrogativos paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio interrogative quantifiers. Interrogative quantifiers introduce questions related to quantities. These types of questions are invariably answered using another quantifier. The interrogative quantifiers include:
Quanto? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How much?(masc.)
Quanta? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How much?(fem.)
Quantos? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How many?(masc.)
Quantas? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How many?(fem.)

How much?

When used to question a quantity, quanto and quanta are the singular form equivalents to “how much” in English. (In an upcoming lesson, you’ll also learn about how quanto functions as a relative quantifier.)
Examples:
Quanto gastaste ontem? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How much did you spend yesterday?
É precisa quanta lã para umas luvas? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How much wool is needed for a pair of gloves?

How many?

Quantos and quantas are the plural forms of quanto and quanta, and they correspond to “how many” in English.
Examples:
Quantos amigos teus convidaste? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How many of your friends did you invite?
São necessárias quantas folhas? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How many sheets are needed?

Answering with a quantifier

As stated, a question using an interrogative quantifier is always answered with another quantifier, such as a number, as in the example below:
Quantos pãezinhos quer? paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio How many rolls would you like?
Queria cinco, por favor. paused audio playing audio Play slow audio Play normal audio I’d like five, please.

Comments

  • And likewise as above could you then also put:
    “Quanta la precisa para umas uvas?” For me that would sound more logical.
    And then I guess I could say “um par de luvas” I hope, and then this at first incomprehensible phrase for me would make complete sense.
    Really looking forward to your answer and thanks in advance.

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