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"Quanti caffè bevi?"/"Quanto caffè bevi?" - How would you answer to each of these two questions?

Can someone, please, explain to me the difference between "Quanti caffè bevi?" and "Quanto caffè bevi?" How would you answer to each of these two questions? I think "Quanto caffè bevi?" means "How much (of one) coffee do you drink?" and "Quanti caffè bevi?" - "how many (multiples of) coffee do you drink?", but I'm not very sure. Thank you in advance.

November 19, 2018


  1. "Quanti caffè bevi?" -> How many (cups of) coffee do you drink (in a day/in a week/etc.)? The subject is implied and is not the "coffee" but the cups (or the glasses, or "le tazzine", or whatever you use to drink it), that are countable. You usually ask this question referred to a period of time.

  2. "Quanto caffè bevi?" -> How much coffee do you drink. The subject is the "coffee", so the answer could be "a lot", or "a little", and so on.

November 19, 2018


My answer to both would be, "ne bevo troppo" :)

November 20, 2018


Hi Cristina, I think your question revolves around the context (as it seems always to be in Italian). If there is someone standing near to you with a coffee jug in hand, the question would be "Quanto caffè bevi?" - how far up the cup/ mug/ glass would you like me to pour? If that person now pick up your cup (etc) they might ask if you want more coffees - "Quanti caffè bevi" although I would imagine it would more like "Un altro caffè?" - another coffee ? I would imagine a more proper context for "Quanti caffè bevi" would be where you are sitting with several empty cups around you and a friend or close family member might say in jest "blimey, how any cups of coffee do you drink?" (Quanti caffè bevi?) Hope my musings have answered your question, cheers.

November 21, 2018


По-моему, ответ очевиден. Но все равно - спасибо Maka_D!

November 19, 2018


quanti caffe bevi

November 23, 2018
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