## "How much is the total?"

Translation:Πόσο είναι το σύνολο;

March 25, 2017

September 17, 2017

Yes, it was and it is fixed now. Thanks for the input! ;)

September 17, 2017

Mod
• 1025

Would "πόσο κάνει το σύνολο" work?

March 25, 2017

It would if you were adding something and asking "how much is the sum?". But it depends on the situation used. It could also mean "how much does the total cost?" It would be better to say πόσο μας κάνει το σύνολο;

March 25, 2017

Mod
• 1025

Many thanks for clarifying Troll; I learnt that πόσο κάνει/πόσο κάνουν is a common way to ask how much the total is if you have a bill (ie at a restaurant or something), so I was wondering if it could be used a bit more generally.

March 25, 2017

πόσο κάνει/κάνουν does not actually mean "how much is the total" but "how much does they/it cost" that's why it cannot be used generally.

March 25, 2017

In Greek it does not make any difference actually. But in English? If we want a closer translation to the phrase, the proposed answer is closer. I think that many phrases in Duolingo can be said differently, but the problem is not to make a free translation but a translation closer as much as possible to the proposed phrase. It does not make a phrase with good language many times, but the "closeness" is something relative. The book translators, for instance, don't like much literal translations, it makes the result awful :)

March 25, 2017

Mod
• 1025

Yes, I always wondered what the difference was between translation and interpretation, but since I've started learning Greek, I think I understand now ;-)

March 26, 2017

That sounds to me like "how much does the total cost?"

But you usually don't buy totals -- you buy goods and services. You can ask how much the goods cost, or the services, but not really how much the total costs.

Πόσο κάνει το βιβλίο; - How much does the book cost?

March 26, 2017

Mod
• 1025

Ah, yes, that clarifies things well, many thanks Mizinamo!

March 26, 2017

Can we say " πόσο είναι το ποσό"

May 18, 2019

It's a correct greek sentence but ποσό translates to "amount", not "total".

May 18, 2019