Guide To How To Ask “How Much?” (Combien) In French

Are you going to be doing some shopping on your trip to France? If yes, it would be a good idea to know how much something costs. Before doing this lesson, it would be useful to familiarize yourself with the French numbers 1-100.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find a great video teaching how to ask, “How much?”.

Vocabulary & Explanations For This Lesson:

  • Combien ça coûte?
    How much is it?
  • Excusez-moi
    Excuse me

Combine the two and make a sentence: Excusez-moi, Combien ça coûte?

Next if you want to ask how to buy a specific item you must drop the “ça” and add “ce” before a masculine noun and “cette” before a feminine noun.


  • Excusez-moi, combien coûte ce chapeau?
    Excuse me, how much is that hat?
  • Excusez-moi, combien coûte cette jupe?
    Excuse me, how much is that skirt?

Answers the shopkeeper can use to say how much something costs will start with Ça coûte, Ça fait or C’est.


  • Ça coûte trente-neuf euros (It costs 39 Euros)
  • Ça fait trente-neuf euros
  • C’est trente-neuf euros

One last way of asking the price of something is to use “c’est combien“, which mean how much?


  • Un café c’est combien s’il vous plaît? One espresso please, how much is it?

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