Instantaneous Composition Method

Japanese Grammar Exercise: How Many or Much 「いくつ」「いくら」「なん」

Wh-question: いくら、いくつ、なん

Before starting the exercise for how many or much 「いくつ」「いくら」「なん」, please clarify any doubts you may have about the grammatical rules by referring to your grammar guidebook or dictionary. The Instantaneous Composition Method requires you to compose sentences with the target sentence pattern(s) over and over in order to use them almost effortlessly. You should already have the necessary knowledge.

Genki I – Lesson 1: Useful Expression じかん・とし and Lesson 2 かいもの
Tae Kim’s Guide – Counting and counters

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Instantaneous Composition Exercise for How Many or Much 「いくつ」「いくら」「なん」

This is not a translation exercise. This is the Instantaneous Composition Exercise. As if a reflexive action, try to create an equivalent Japanese sentence shortly after reading an English script. Try not to think for more than three seconds.

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English and Hidden Japanese Scripts

 1.  How old are (you)?
 2.  How old is Tanaka-san?
 3.  How much is this jacket?
 4.  How much is that apple?
 5.  How many pictures are there?
 6.  How many dishes will (you) buy?
 7.  How many pencils do (you) have?
 8.  How many umbrellas will (you) sell?
 9.  How many eggs are there?
 10.  How many (pairs of) glasses do (you) have?


There are slightly more polite and casual expressions for “How old are you?” and “How much is it?” which are: 「おいくつですか?(polite)」「何歳なんさいですか?(casual)」 and 「おいくらですか?(polite)」「何円なんえんですか?(casual)」.

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