1. How much money?

Hi.

A friend of mine asked me a question. She said "What would you do if you knew that you won the lottery?" I asked "How much money"? I wonder if my question is natural to make clear the exact number of the money I won.

2. Re: How much money?

Try this. (See below.)

Ron: What would you do if you won the lottery?
Silver: How much did I win?
Ron: A million dollars. You won a million dollars.
Silver: Wow! I would pay off my mortgage. Then I would take a trip.
Ron: Where would you go?
Silver: I would take a trip to Europe.
Ron: Where would you go?
Silver: I would like to see the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and the pyramids.
Ron: The pyramids are not in Europe. They are in Egypt, which is in Africa.
Silver: But I want to see them.
Ron: OK.

(Say the exact amount of money.)

3. Re: How much money?

Do you mean that "How much did I win" is the natural question here?

4. Re: How much money?

Originally Posted by Silverobama
Do you mean that "How much did I win?" is the natural question here?
It's more natural than "How much money?" When someone has already mentioned the lottery, given that everyone knows that lottery prizes are money, there's no need to use the word. You could just say "How much?"

5. Re: How much money?

Originally Posted by Silverobama
Hi.
A friend of mine asked me a question. She said "What would you do if you (knew found out that) you won the lottery?"
See above.

Originally Posted by Silverobama

I'd retire to the Bahamas.
I'd give half to charity.
Or
It depends on how much I won.

Originally Posted by Silverobama
I wonder if my question is natural to make clear clarify/ascertain the exact number amount of the money I won.
Again, your friend didn't say you'd won.

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I'd just use How much- lotteries pay out in money, so the word seems unnecessary to me.

7. Re: How much money?

I don't think it's unreasonable to ask "How much?" even in a hypothetical situation, because the amount of money would make a difference to your response.

Helen: What would you do if you found out you'd won the lottery?
Joe: Well, it depends. How much money are we talking about?
Helen: OK, let's say fifty thousand pounds.
Joe: In that case, I'd pay off a chunk of my mortgage and buy a new car.
Helen: What if you won twenty million?
Joe: Ah! That's a whole different story! I'd give up work, sell my flat, donate a million to my favourite charity, then buy a yacht and spend the rest of my life travelling the world.

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Originally Posted by emsr2d2
I don't think it's unreasonable to ask "How much?" even in a hypothetical situation,
I think it (how much on its own) is.

A: What would you do if you won the lotto?
B: How much?

I think that's very unnatural.

9. Re: How much money?

I noticed teechar's correction of my first sentence is "What would you do if you found out you won the lottery?" while emsr2d2's is "What would you do if you found out you'd won the lottery?"

I wonder if both are okay. My thought is I first won the lottery then I knew it, so emsr2d2's is more appropriate. I wonder if you can tell me why the first one is also okay from grammar's perspective. I ask because I more often than not write down things you wrote as examples in my notebooks for my students. So, I need to make sure I totally understand the reason.

10. Re: How much money?

Use the past perfect.

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