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many; much few; little
simp. and trad.

Pronunciation 1Edit



  1. (interrogative) how many; how much
    多少  ―  Nǐ yào duōshǎo?  ―  How much do you want?
    多少男生 [MSC, trad.]
    多少男生 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè ge bān yǒu duōshǎo nánshēng? [Pinyin]
    How many boys are in this class?
  2. (when duplicated in a sentence) as much as; as many as
    多少多少 [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Nǐ yào duōshǎo jiù ná duōshǎo. [Pinyin]
    Take as many as you want.
    需要多少複印件複印多少 [MSC, trad.]
    需要多少复印件复印多少 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ xūyào duōshǎo fùyìnjiàn jiù fùyìn duōshǎo ba. [Pinyin]
    Make as many photocopies as you need.
Usage notesEdit

Sometimes 多少 is used in ways that the English terms how many and how much are not; for example, in Mandarin it is common to ask:

電話號碼多少 [MSC, trad.]
电话号码多少 [MSC, simp.]
Nǐ de diànhuà hàomǎ shì duōshǎo? [Pinyin]
What is your phone number? (lit. "How many/much is your phone number?")
電子郵件多少 [MSC, trad.]
电子邮件多少 [MSC, simp.]
Nǐ de diànzǐ yóujiàn shì duōshǎo? [Pinyin]
What is your email address? (lit. "How many/much is your email address?")

This usage of how many may have become prevalent on account of the fact that phone numbers - as well as many email addresses in China - are made up completely of digits.

Dialectal synonyms of 多少 (“how many; how much”) [map]
Variety Location Words
Classical Chinese 幾多
Formal (Written Standard Chinese) 多少
Mandarin Beijing 多少
Taiwan 多少
Jinan 多少
Xi'an 多少
Wuhan 幾多好多
Chengdu 好多
Yangzhou 多少
Hefei 好些好多
Cantonese Guangzhou 幾多
Hong Kong 幾多
Taishan 幾多
Yangjiang 幾多
Gan Nanchang 幾多
Hakka Meixian 幾多
Miaoli (N. Sixian) 幾多
Liudui (S. Sixian) 幾多
Hsinchu (Hailu) 幾多
Dongshi (Dabu) 幾多
Zhuolan (Raoping) 幾多
Yunlin (Zhao'an) 幾多
Jin Taiyuan 多少
Min Bei Jian'ou 幾多
Min Dong Fuzhou 若夥
Min Nan Xiamen 偌濟
Quanzhou 偌濟
Zhangzhou 偌濟
Taipei 偌濟
Kaohsiung 偌濟
Philippines (Manila) 偌濟
Chaozhou 若濟
Wu Suzhou 幾化
Wenzhou 幾倈兒幾倈
Xiang Changsha 好多
Shuangfeng 好多幾多

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Pronunciation 2Edit



  1. amount; how much; how many
    所得稅多少取決收入 [MSC, trad.]
    所得税多少取决收入 [MSC, simp.]
    Suǒdéshuì de duōshǎo qǔjué yú nǐ de shōurù. [Pinyin]
    How much income tax you pay depends on your income.



  1. somewhat; more or less
    描述多少準確性 [MSC, trad.]
    描述多少准确性 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè zhǒng miáoshù duōshǎo yǒu diǎn zhǔnquèxìng. [Pinyin]
    The description is more or less accurate.


Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
Grade: 2


多少 (hiragana たしょう, rōmaji tashō)

  1. little, somewhat, rather, quite


多少 (hiragana たしょう, rōmaji tashō)

  1. amount, number