Wednesday, 11 March 2015

How Much Cheese Do You Want?

Introduction


This post is about weights in general, and fractions of a kilo in particular.





SCENARIO


Imagine you are at your local grocers shop. You are working your way through a shopping list which includes some cheese.

On hearing that you want some cheese, the grocer says to you: how much cheese do you want?

In Spanish, the grocer could choose to be less formal and say:
¿Cuánto queso quieres?

In Spanish, the grocer could choose to be more formal and say:
¿Cuánto queso quiere?


OUR TIP

Answering the question should be quite straightforward. You may need to be careful with the units of weights to make sure that you get the correct amount of cheese. The notes below* should help you make sure of that.



With that in mind, you could say:
  • Quería doscientos gramos de queso (I want 200 grams of cheese)
  • Quería doscientos cincuenta gramos de queso (I want 250 grams of cheese)
  • Quería un cuarto de kilo de queso (I want a quarter of a kilo of cheese)
  • Quería quinientos gramos de queso (I want 500 grams of cheese)
  • Quería medio de kilo de queso (I want half a kilo of cheese)
  • Quería un kilo de queso (I want a kilo of cheese)


Now you should practise answering the question:
¿Cuánto queso quieres?

*See some commonly used weights in Spanish below

*Spanish Weights







A list of commonly used weights when shopping in Spanish are shown below:










Gramo
Kilo
cien gramos
100g

doscientos gramos
200g

doscientos cincuenta gramos
un cuarto de kilo
250g
¼kg
trescientos gramos
300g

cuatrocientos gramos
400g

quinientos gramos
medio kilo
500g
½kg
seiscientos gramos
600g

setecientos gramos
700g

setecientos cincuenta gramos
tres cuartos de kilo
750g
¾kg
ochocientos gramos
800g

novecientos gramos
900g

un kilo
1000g
1kg


Notes

Weights of less than 100 grams (cien gramos) are more common when dealing with quite small quantities

Approximate relationships to some commonly used Imperial units of weight are shown below:




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