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    How much is it? vs How much are they?

    John was in a shop. He bought a packet of cookies, a bar of chocolate and a loaf of bread.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1.John: How much is it altogether?
    Cashier: It's 100 hundred dollars altogether.

    2. John: How much are they?
    Cashier: They are 100 hundred dollars.

    Thanks.
    Last edited by queeniech; 14-Dec-2013 at 18:22.

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    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    John was in a shop. He bought a packet of cookies, a bar of chocolate and a loaf of bread.

    Are the following sentences both correct?

    1.John: How much is it altogether?
    Cashier: It's 100 a hundred dollars altogether.

    2. John: How much are they?
    Cashier: They are 100 a hundred dollars.
    John needs to find a cheaper place to shop!

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    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    John needs to find a cheaper place to shop!
    Thanks Rover

    Why are 'How much are they' incorrect? Can they refer to three things i.e cookies, chocolate and bread?

    I saw the following from a textbook:

    John saw some key rings at the market.

    John: How much are the key rings?
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    Is it correct to say, 'How much is the key rings?'

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    #4

    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    How much is it [the total] all together?
    How much are these things all together?

    It's more idiomatic to say "What's the total?" (Although that's what the register will tell you.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    How much is it [the total] all together?
    How much are these things all together?

    It's more idiomatic to say "What's the total?" (Although that's what the register will tell you.)
    I saw the following sentences from Pearson's Test papers:

    A: How much are two bunches of bananas.
    B: They're twenty dollars.

    A: Those trousers look great! How much are they/the trousers?
    B: They're one hundred dollars.

    Is it correct to omit 'all together' in the examinations?

    Thanks.

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    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    I saw the following sentences from Pearson's Test papers:

    A: How much are two bunches of bananas.
    B: They're twenty dollars.

    A: Those trousers look great! How much are they/the trousers?
    B: They're one hundred dollars.

    Is it correct to omit 'all together' in the examinations?

    Thanks.
    Yes. That is not needed.

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    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Yes. That is not needed.
    Thanks Mike

    Which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. How much is a packet of cookies and a bar of chocolate?
    2. How much are a packet of cookies and a bar of chocolate?
    Last edited by queeniech; 24-Dec-2013 at 08:19.

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    #8

    Re: How much is it? vs How much are they?

    Quote Originally Posted by queeniech View Post
    Thanks Mike

    I'd like to re-confirm the following:

    Which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. How much is a packet of cookies and a bar of chocolate?
    2. How much are a packet of cookies and a bar of chocolate?
    They are both correct. In the first it is a total order. In the second it is two items. Users choice.

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