This website uses cookies. Find out more or .
duō shao
pro. how many, how much
Discussion of
To include posts you need to register at
1. 多少 is used to ask for a number which is usually more than ten. This means that the person who asks the question estimates that the answer might be more than 10. The answer to a question with 多少 should be a numeral plus a measure word. For example the Q and A below:
Q: 这些一共要多少钱? [phr] How much do all these (together) cost?
A: 三百一十八元。[phr] 318 yuan.

2. In a question where 多少 is used, measure word is not a necessity after 多少. For example:
王老师有多少(个)学生? [phr] How many students does Mr./Ms. Wang have?

3. 多少 can also mean “many” in declarative sentence.
这片土地有我多少美好的回忆。 [phr] This piece of land has many beautiful memories of mine.

* Please note that 多 and 几 can also be used to ask for a number. To know how to use them, please check out our notes on those entries.
You you can select to receive personal notifications on the app or via email for important contributions to words that you are learning in the account settings .