When you want to ask the price of something in Mandarin Chinese, you can use the phrase duōshǎo qián, which literally means “many / few money”.
There are three characters in duōshǎo qián: 多少錢. The first, duō, means “many,” or “a lot of.” The second character, shǎo, means “few.” The last character, qián, means “money.”
Duōshǎo qián is sometimes shortened to “duōshǎo,” but this usage could be confusing unless the context is clear.
Examples of Duoshao Qian
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Zhè jiàn yīfu duōshǎo qián?
How much are these clothes?
Qù Shǒudū Guójì Jīcháng duōshǎo qián?
How much does it cost to go to Beijing International Airport?