Discover the French sentence "C’est combien"

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Translation in English

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

C’est combien ? meaning


“C’est combien ?” is a common way to say “How much is it?” in French

It’s composed of:

  • C’est → It is
  • combien ? → how much? / how many?*

*In French, we have only one word for “how much” and “how many“. So when talking about money, “combien” naturally has the meaning of “how much“.

How to use it

There are three different ways to ask “How much does it cost?” in French, your choice will depend on the context (formal, neutral or informal).

  • Formal: Ça coûte combien ? / Combien ça coûte ?  → How much does it cost?
  • Neutral: C’est combien ? / Combien c’est ?→ How much is it?
  • Informal: Combien ? → How much?

Synonyms and similarities

  • Combien ça coûte ? → How much does it cost?
  • Ça coûte combien ? → How much does it cost?
  • Combien c’est ?→ How much is it?
  • Combien ? → How much?

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” C’est combien ? “
” How much is it? “
” Mille euros “
” One thousand euros “
” Wow! It costs the skin of the butt! “
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