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.
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. :-)
Quanto costa? - how much does it cost?
Quanto è? - how much is it?
Quanto le devo? - how much do i owe you?
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"
Sorry my keyboard on the iPad has somehow moved to cover my typing hence the mistakes
Thanks so much for the info guys, I really appreciate it! I would mostly be in the south of Italy.