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    how much of

    I know it sounds stupid, but what do you say when referring to getting a certain amount of (countable) fruits or vegetables? Do I have to say What's the amount of apples you're getting? How many pounds?
    Obviously, it would be wrong to say How much of the apples are you getting? The other person would reply Five pounds.
    Please tell me. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: how much of

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I know it sounds stupid, but what do you say when referring to getting a certain amount of (countable) fruits or vegetables? Do I have to say What's the amount of apples you're getting? How many pounds?
    Obviously, it would be wrong to say How much of the apples are you getting? The other person would reply Five pounds.
    Please tell me. Thank you.
    The usual question would be "How many apples are you going to get?"

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    Re: how much of

    This was written by Linda Griffith and Fred Griffith:

    Then Linda would have to bargain how much of the onions would be her snack...

    Are we really allowed to put it like that?

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    #4

    Re: how much of

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    I'm not entirely clear on what you're asking. However, I would ask these two questions:

    How many apples are you getting? Three apples.
    How many pounds of apples are you getting? 1.5 pounds of apples.
    How much apple does the recipe call for? Three apples. (This would be a less frequent usage.)
    Last edited by BobSmith; 16-Feb-2012 at 13:50. Reason: Adding "much" example

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    Re: how much of

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    This was written by Linda Griffith and Fred Griffith:

    Then Linda would have to bargain how much of the onions would be her snack...

    Are we really allowed to put it like that?
    I'd say "how much onion" or "how many onions".

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    Re: how much of

    Quote Originally Posted by BobSmith View Post
    [not a teacher]

    I'm not entirely clear on what you're asking. However, I would ask these two questions:

    How many apples are you getting? Three apples.
    How many pounds of apples are you getting? 1.5 pounds of apples.
    I just wanted to know if "how much of" could be used in such situations? Thanks.

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    Re: how much of

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I just wanted to know if "how much of" could be used in such situations? Thanks.
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    how much of the onions would be her snack
    Normaly it would be "many" here. I can see a native speaker starting off thinking "How much of [the collection of] onions ... " and using "much", but droping the collection aspect. Just my $0.02.

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    #8

    Re: how much of

    It's not the potatoes or the bread on their own, Susan explains, but what you add to it that brings on excess weight. "A single tablespoon of sour cream contains 25 calories and a tablespoon of butter has 100 calories. How much of these are you putting on your bread and potatoes?" she asks. In addition to those extras, "think about how much of potatoes or bread you are eating. If you stick to a normal portion size and limit your number of servings, your diet will balance out with calories."

    I still wonder whether this sounds natural to native ears:

    How much of (=what amount of) potatoes did he get?

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    #9

    Re: how much of

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    . "A single tablespoon of sour cream contains 25 calories and a tablespoon of butter has 100 calories. How much of these are you putting on your bread and potatoes?" (That is just about possible) she asks. In addition to those extras, "think about how much of potatoes (That sound very unnatural to me) or bread you are eating. If you stick to a normal portion size and limit your number of servings, your diet will balance out with calories."
    Far more natural to me would be "... think about how much potato and bread you are eating." I could accept "... how much bread and potatoes...", but "...how much of potatoes and bread..." sounds terrible.

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    Re: how much of

    I agree it sounds terrible, but I can also see where the speaker is trying to connect "how much" to "what you're eating". The “of potatoes” is rather incidental here, IMO.

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