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    "How much is it", is this sentence for buying one item?

    Dear teachers,

    I went to a convenient store for some chocolate, potato chips and some soft drinks for the coming weekend party,
    and when I was going to pay for purchased items, a question came across my mind:
    Can I use "How much is it" to ask the shop assistant how much I need to pay for the items?
    Since I bought more than 1 item, I wonder if "How much is it" can be used in this case.
    Or shall I say "How much are they?"

    Please help teachers.

    Thank you

    Kitty

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    Re: "How much is it", is this sentence for buying one item?

    'How much is it?' is possible, though 'How much is that?' is more natural, in my opinion.

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    Re: "How much is it", is this sentence for buying one item?

    "How much is it?" is possible, meaning "How much is the total?"

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    Re: "How much is it", is this sentence for buying one item?

    How much does that come to?
    How much do I owe you?
    How much for that lot?

    To be honest, I wouldn't expect to have to ask a shopkeeper "How much...?" They should simply tell you the total price once they have put everything through the till.

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    Re: "How much is it", is this sentence for buying one item?

    But 'How much is it?' is not unknown. It is the basis for a joke about an author in a signing session in Australia. Someone asks this question (with the appropriate accent for that particular stereotype) and the author writes 'To Emma Chizzit'.

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