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The French phrase "Combien ça coûte" explained

You are going to discover all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French sentence "Combien ça coûte ?". To be more precise, it includes a full guide of what it is and how you can use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. Plus, we also added some useful things like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

French to English

  • Translation : How much does it cost?

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Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / kɔ̃bjɛ̃ sa kut ? /

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What does it mean?


"Combien ça coûte ?" is the common way to say "How much is it?" in French

It's composed of:

*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).

Synonyms / Related

↓ Example in a story with slow audio ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Prêt pour le rendez-vous

Ready for the date

Nicolas n'avait jamais été attiré par les rencontres en ligne.
Nicolas had never been attracted by online dating.
Mais il avait fini par essayer...
But he ended up trying...
Après quelques conversations, il avait trouvé une fille qui lui plaisait, Johanna.
After several conversations, he had found a girl he liked, Johanna.
Ils ont décidé de se rencontrer le lendemain.
They decided to meet the next day.
Comme c'était nouveau pour Nicolas, il ne voulait faire aucune erreur.
Since it was new to Nicolas, he didn't want to make any mistakes.
Alors il commence à repasser sa chemise préférée.
So he starts to iron his favorite shirt.
Mais quelqu'un l'appelle et il répond...
But someone calls him and he answers...


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