Tuesday, 18 September 2012

How Much Is A Coffee?

Imagine you are talking to a relative, a friend or colleague. Maybe you are now living in different parts of the world and are comparing notes on the cost of living. At some point, the other person says to you something like: "how much is a coffee?"

In Spanish, the other person could say:
¿Cuánto cuesta un café?

The question is an invitation for you to say whether or not you know the price of a coffee. Your reply depends on whether you want to say that you:
  • Believe you know roughly the price;
  • Know roughly the price;
  • Know the correct price;
  • Don't know the price;

Here are some examples of how you could reply:
  • Creo que cuesta unas dos libras (I believe it costs around £2);
  • Cuesta unas dos libras (it costs about £2);
  • Cuesta dos libras (it costs £2);
  • No sé cuanto cuesta un café (I don't know how much a coffee is);

Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cuánto cuesta un café?

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