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many; much few; little
simp. and trad.
(多少)

Pronunciation 1Edit


AdjectiveEdit

多少

  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?
    多少鈔票 [Shanghainese, trad.]
    多少钞票 [Shanghainese, simp.]
    [tv̩ʷ⁵⁵ sɔ²¹ t͡sʰɔ³³ pʰiɔ⁴⁴] [IPA]
    How much does it cost?
  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 (duōshao) 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.

SynonymsEdit
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
Hsinchu (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
Penang
Philippines (Manila) 偌濟
Chaozhou 若濟
Wu Shanghai 多少, 幾化, 幾多化 dated
Suzhou 幾化
Wenzhou 幾倈兒, 幾倈
Xiang Changsha 好多
Shuangfeng 好多, 幾多

See alsoEdit

Pronunciation 2Edit


NounEdit

多少

  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.

AdverbEdit

多少

  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.

JapaneseEdit

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
しょう
Grade: 2
on’yomi

AdverbEdit

多少 (hiragana たしょう, rōmaji tashō)

  1. little, somewhat, rather, quite

NounEdit

多少 (hiragana たしょう, rōmaji tashō)

  1. amount, number