First Published: 20th of November, 2020 by Patrick Carpen.Last updated: November 20, 2020 at 19:20 pm
If you go to the shop or supermarket in Brazil and you’re purchasing a number of items, you might ask: what’s the total cost of these items? There are many other situations where you might need to ask for the total cost. So how exactly do you say this in Portuguese? Let’s take a look!
What’s the total = Qual é o total?
However, it’s more common for Brazilians to use “quanto” which means “how much” instead of “qual” which approximates “what.”
How much is the total = Quanto é o total?
But even more common than these two is an idiomatic expression: quanto deu?
Quanto deu = how much it gave?
It’s not exactly banging up with a literal English translation, but the expression “quanto” means “how much” and “deu” is derived from the verb “to give.”
Let’s take a look.
I give: eu dou
you give: você dá
he gives: ele dá
she gives: ela dá
it gives: dá
they give: eles dão
I gave: Eu dei
you gave: você deu
he gave: ele deu
she gave: ela deu
it gave: deu
they gave: eles deram
As you can see:
Quanto = how much
Deu = it gave
Sort of like, how much did adding it up give?
As you can see, it’s not a literal translation, but it’s a common way of saying “what’s the total” in Brazil.
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