Tuesday, 31 March 2015

How Much Wine Do You Want?

Introduction

This post is about volumes in general, and fractions of a litre in particular.






SCENARIO


Imagine you are at your local bodega or supermarket where you are trying to buy some wine.

After exchanging the customary greetings, vine merchant says to you: how much wine do you want?

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

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


OUR TIP

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


With that in mind, you could say:
  • Quería una botella de vino (I want a bottle of wine)
  • Quería un cuarto de litro de vino (I want a quarter of a litre of wine)
  • Quería medio de litro de vino (I want half a litre of wine)
  • Quería tres cuartos de litro de vino (I want three quarters of a litre of wine)
  • Quería un litro de vino (I want a litre of wine)
  • Quería un litro y medio de vino (I want one and a half litres of wine)
  • Quería dos litros de vino (I want two litres of wine)

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

*See some commonly used volumes in Spanish below

*Spanish Volumes






Some expressions of volumes commonly used when shopping in Spanish are shown below:











Mililitros
Centilitros
Litros
cien mililitros
diez centilitros
100ml
10cl


ciento cincuenta mililitros
quince centilitros
150ml
15cl


doscientos mililitros
veinte centilitros
200ml
20cl


doscientos cincuenta mililitros
veinticinco centilitros
un cuarto de litro
250ml
25cl
¼l
trescientos mililitros
treinta centilitros
300ml
30cl


trescientos treinta mililitros
treinta y tres centilitros
330ml
33cl


cuatrocientos mililitros
cuarenta centilitros
400ml
40cl


quinientos mililitros
cincuenta centilitros
medio litro
500ml
50cl
½l
seiscientos mililitros
sesenta centilitros
600ml
60cl


setecientos mililitros
setenta centilitros
700ml
70cl


setecientos cincuenta mililitros
setenta y cinco centilitros
tres cuartos de litro
750ml
75cl
¾l
ochocientos mililitros
ochenta centilitros
800ml
80cl


novecientos mililitros
noventa centilitros
900ml
90cl


mil mililitros
cien centilitros
un litro
1,000ml
100cl
1l

Notes

Volumes expressed in millilitres (ml) and especially under 100 millilitres (cien mililitros) are more common in perfumes and such like

Approximate relationships to some commonly used UK & US units of volume are shown below:


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