Well I got it wrong, because I answered "How many", but it now makes sense... The question is "Quanto pane" and not "Quanti pani".
For the former I think "How much" is the correct and for the latter "How many" would be the correct answer.
In conclusion, I think there is nothing wrong here... but need an italian proofreader here :)
This is not correct, i believe. I answered previously "How much coffee do you drink?" to the sentence "Quanto caffee bevi?" and Duolingo marked my answer correct but suggested "How many coffees do you drink"? This time i opted for "How many breads do you eat?" and it marled my answer incorrect.
@GiovaniCorleone As hermes-x says bread "usually remains in the singular" coffee I'm sorry to say is a special situation. "Coffee" is also uncountable, singular. So, we say: "IS there enough coffee in the container, or should I buy more?" Here we're talking about "dry coffee" not prepared. But, oh and a big BUT, we can also say "I want a coffee" meaning I want "a cup of coffee" or to the waiter:"Two coffees please." meaning "two cups of coffee"
So, "how much coffee" and "how many coffees" are both correct.
Does that help?
It depends on the noun you're counting. Here the bread (il pane) is in singular (because it's uncountable) so you use "quanto". If the question was how many newspapers you read, you would use "quanti": Quanti giornali leggi?
If whatever you are counting is uncountable in English as well, you will us "how much". If it's countable, use "how many".
"Do" in English in this type of construction, (when used in conjunction with another verb) is an auxiliary verb that is only used for emphasis, questions or negation. For instance, an affirmative answer in English would be, "I eat 4 slices of bread." The auxiliary verb "do" would not be used. In Italian, and other related languages such as Spanish and Portuguese, the auxiliary verb "do" is not used. However, "can", is not just an auxiliary verb. It is necessary in both English and Italian if you are expressing the ability to do something.
Why is a typo accepted in Italian? I thought i had typed "bread", but found out too late i had forgotten the 'e"
So it's impossible to ask about quantity of something uncountable without mentioning the unit? Are all these incorrect in English?
- How much coffee do you drink daily? A cup, a pot, a 10-gallon tank?
- How much milk do you need for the pancake batter?
- How much soup is there left in the fridge?
I find that somewhat unlikely.