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quant'è Or quanto costa? Quanto le devo?

Can someone tell me the most common way to ask some how much it is? When buying something. I learned quanto è on Michel Thomas, quanto le devo? On pimsleur and then there is quanto costa? There are so many variations I wonder what would be most commonly used? thanks in the for help.

May 23, 2017

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Quant'è?, quanto (le) devo? and, much more colloquialy, cosa devo? are not used for asking prices, i.e. before a purchase, but only before paying for the goods, or for whatever food/drinks have been ordered, i.e. 'how much is (the bill)?' or 'how much do I owe you?'

Quanto costa? or, more colloquially, quanto viene? is used for asking prices before a purchase.

Rafforza's note about the sound of the 'o' in costa is absolutely right, although in Rome (and several other places) you'll hear it with a broad, open 'o', exactly as in 'cost'.
So be prepared to switch your 'o' according to where you are. :-)

May 23, 2017

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Quanto costa? - how much does it cost?

Quanto è? - how much is it?

Quanto le devo? - how much do i owe you?

May 23, 2017

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Super thanks!

May 23, 2017

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Sure thing, also watch out for the pronunciation. Sometimes the more similar a word is the more pesky it's pronunciation can be.

Costa should have the O sound like Ocean or "cOAster" not the sound of "cost"

May 23, 2017

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Sorry my keyboard on the iPad has somehow moved to cover my typing hence the mistakes

May 23, 2017

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Thanks so much for the info guys, I really appreciate it! I would mostly be in the south of Italy.

May 23, 2017

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From what I've been told by season speakers it's "Quanto costa". I've not heard the other two. Thank you Rafforza for your help from a lot of us.

May 23, 2017
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