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    How much do you want?/How many do you want? (loose cherries)

    Hello everyone,
    I have a question regarding the use of "how much" and "how many" when talking about countable nouns which are not usually sold by units but by mass. I mean that nobody will sell you one two or three cherries. I am in doubt what to ask if I were a seller who sold products such as peas, cherries, mushrooms by kilos. Should it be "How much?" or "How many?" if I had to ask the customer to specify the amount of weight and not units?

    A
    Have you got any loose cherries?
    -Yes. How many do you want?
    About 2 kilos please.

    B
    Have you got any loose cherries?
    -Yes. How much do you want?
    About 2 kilos please.

    Thank you.

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    Re: How much do you want?/How many do you want? (loose cherries)

    I would choose B because you are asking "how much is the weight?"

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: How much do you want?/How many do you want? (loose cherries)

    A more natural conversation would be:
    "Do you have any loose cherries?"
    "Yes, we have."
    "Could I have two kilos, please?"

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