多少

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Chinese[edit]

 
many; much; a lot of; numerous; multi-
 
young; few; little; lack
simp. and trad.
(多少)

Etymology[edit]

From  ("much") +  ("few").

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

多少

  1. (interrogative) how many; how much
    多少 [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Nǐ yào duōshǎo? [Pinyin]
    How much do you want?
    多少男生 [MSC, trad.]
    多少男生 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè ge bān yǒu duōshǎo nánshēng? [Pinyin]
    How many boys are in this class?
  2. (when duplicated in a sentence) as much as; as many as
    多少多少 [MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Nǐ yào duōshǎo jiù ná duōshǎo. [Pinyin]
    Take as many as you want.
    需要多少複印件複印多少 [MSC, trad.]
    需要多少复印件复印多少 [MSC, simp.]
    Nǐ xūyào duōshǎo fùyìnjiàn jiù fùyìn duōshǎo ba. [Pinyin]
    Make as many photocopies as you need.

Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes 多少 (duōshǎo) is used in ways that the English terms how many and how much are not; for example, in Mandarin it is common to ask:

電話號碼多少 [MSC, trad.]
电话号码多少 [MSC, simp.]
Nǐ de diànhuàhàomǎ shì duōshǎo? [Pinyin]
What is your phone number? (lit. "How many/much is your phone number?")
電子郵件多少 [MSC, trad.]
电子邮件多少 [MSC, simp.]
Nǐ de diànzǐyóujiàn shì duōshǎo? [Pinyin]
What is your email address? (lit. "How many/much is your email address?")

This usage of how many may have become prevalent on account of the fact that phone numbers - as well as many email addresses in China - are made up completely of digits.

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Pronunciation[edit]


Noun[edit]

多少

  1. amount
    所得稅多少取決一個人收入 [MSC, trad.]
    所得税多少取决一个人收入 [MSC, simp.]
    Suǒdéshuì de duōshǎo qǔjué yú yīgerén de shōurù. [Pinyin]
    The tax depends on the amount of money you have earned.

Adverb[edit]

多少

  1. somewhat; more or less
    描述多少準確性 [MSC, trad.]
    描述多少准确性 [MSC, simp.]
    Zhè zhǒng miáoshù duōshǎo yǒu diǎn zhǔnquèxìng. [Pinyin]
    The description is more or less accurate.

Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 2
しょう
Grade: 2
on'yomi

Adverb[edit]

多少 ‎(hiragana たしょう, romaji tashō)

  1. little, somewhat, rather, quite

Noun[edit]

多少 ‎(hiragana たしょう, romaji tashō)

  1. amount, number