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# "Mennyinyolcszorhárom?"

## Translation:How much is eight times three?

July 24, 2016

Could we also say "How many is/are eight times three? After all this seems like something that is very precisely countable.

But we're not counting anything!

We're dealing with abstract numbers "eight" and "three".

So the result is not twenty-four somethings, but simply another abstract number, twenty-four -- which I suppose works more like a quantity.

And a Google search for "how many is eight times" (including quotes) gives three results for me (well, four, but two of them are the same result) -- "how much is eight times" gives many.

Isn't it more common in English to ask "what is eight times three"?

Yes, 'what is' is more often said then 'how much is' or 'how many is/are'

Not where I'm from.

Certainly in the classroom.

Google search may not accurately reflect what people actually say. "how many" feels more natural to me.

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