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    Default How much is /How much are

    Hi,
    Can I say:
    1. How much are 150 gr. ham?
    or should I use the singular form anyway?

    2. How much is 150 gr. ham?

    Thanks. Rip.

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley
    Hi,
    Can I say:
    1. How much are 150 gr. ham?
    or should I use the singular form anyway?

    2. How much is 150 gr. ham?

    Thanks. Rip.
    i don't know why you used ham as an uncountable noun.
    I can say 1 ham, 2 hams
    So...
    How many is 150 gr ham?

    Please correct me!!!!
    I'm not sure

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    Quote Originally Posted by Alc112
    i don't know why you used ham as an uncountable noun.
    I can say 1 ham, 2 hams
    So...
    How many is 150 gr ham?

    Please correct me!!!!
    I'm not sure
    I will correct you.
    Ham can be both uncountable and coutable, and it is normally uncountable. If we are buying the whole piece of meat, the entire leg, we buy 'a ham', but most of us buy in smaller quantities, so we buy the meat, which is uncountable, so it should be 'How much is 150 g of ham?'

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I will correct you.
    Ham can be both uncountable and coutable, and it is normally uncountable. If we are buying the whole piece of meat, the entire leg, we buy 'a ham', but most of us buy in smaller quantities, so we buy the meat, which is uncountable, so it should be 'How much is 150 g of ham?'

    Thank you!!!
    what's your name?

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    You're welcome.

    Richard

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    Hi, Richard,
    I still can't understand why you have to use how much if you are talking about grammes, which are plural.

    Why can't you say
    1How much are 200 grammes ham? or
    2 How much are 200 grammes oranges? as an alternative to

    3How much do 200 grammes ham cost?
    4 How much do 200 grammes oranges cost?

    Thanks Rip (Samuela, girl)

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    Samuela, think about your puchase- you're buying ham, the division into grammes is less important than the meat. You'd say 'how mush is two litres of water', but 'how much are two bottles of water'. What you are buying is the key to singualr and plural more than the unit.
    Last edited by Tdol; 13-Apr-2005 at 00:43.

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    Default Re: How much is /How much are

    In addition, it's the quantity that's in focus. For example, the subjects and subject complements below are underlined and the verbs they agree with are in bold:

    This quantity is how much? (singular subject + singular verb)
    How much is this quantity?

    This quantity costs how much? (singular subject + singular verb)
    How much does this quantity of ham cost?

    Note, DO carries -s: "does cost". Without DO, the verb "cost" carries -s: costs.

    Also,

    These 200g bags are how much? (Plural subject + plural verb)
    How much are these 200g bags?

    This 200g bag is how much? (Singular subject + singular verb)
    How much is this 200g bag?

    This 200g bag of apples is how much? (Singular subject + singular verb)
    How much is this 200g bag of apples?

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