How much, how many in French

How to say how much and how many in French.

How much (many) + no noun = Combien
How much (many) + noun = Combien de

1. How much, how many + nothing

How much do you want?  Combien voulez-vous ?
Combien veux-tu ?

How much it is?  Combien ça coûte ? How much did they charge you?  Combien vous ont-ils fait payer ? Combien t’ont-ils fait payer ? How many Combien ? How many are they?  Combien sont-ils ?

 

2. How much, how many + noun

 How much time?  Combien de temps ?  How much money?  Combien d‘argent ?  How many times?  Combien de fois ?
 How many chairs do you need?  De combien de chaises avez vous-besoin ?
De combien de chaises as-tu besoin ?
De combien: the verb to need is avoir besoin de  How many chairs do you want?  Combien de chaises voulez-vous ?
Combien de chaises veux-tu ?
The verb to want is vouloir ( not a prepositional verb)

 

3. Colloquial

Vous voulez combien ?
Ils sont combien ?
Tu as besoin de combien de chaises ?
Tu veux combien de chaises ?
It does not work with How much time, money and how many times.

 

4. Expression

Le, la combientième

C’est la combientième tasse de café que tu prends ? How many cups of coffe have you drunk?
Tu es le combientième en français ? Where do you come in French?

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