https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kdavella

"How much does a book cost?"

February 21, 2013

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kdavella

Can't you also say: C'est combien, un livre?

February 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Yes, that is something you could say, though it is less academic than the proposed structure, that you would use in writing.

February 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoungGrasshopper

Could you use the verb "valoir"? So it would be "Combien vaut un livre?"?

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

mais oui, no problem with that.

Note: "valoir" is the same family as "valeur" (value). Therefore, in certain context, "valoir" may not related to a sum of money but to a "worth" if you see what I mean?

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoungGrasshopper

Ah ok so it would be better for a sentence like "How much is that book worth to you?" rather than one purely about money. Think I've got that, thanks!

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

We understand each other...

April 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LaurenG19

Why is the generic structure "combien ca coute" for how much does that cost, and "combien coute un livre" when asking about a specific item?

May 14, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dhMuse

I think you answered your own question in the asking?

May 15, 2013
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