mennyi vs hány

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  • cajzl

    Senior Member
    My guess:

    hány = how many (we ask about the number of pieces or units)
    mennyi = how much (we ask about the amount - although the answer can be expressed in units as well)

    hány liter bor? (egy liter) = how many liters of wine? (1 l)
    mennyi bor? (két liter) = how much wine? (2 l)
    hány forint? = how many forints?
    mennyi pénz? = how much money?

    What is the time? in Hungarian:

    Hány óra van? = literally How many hours is it?
    Mennyi az idő? = literally How much (is) the time? (How much time is it?)
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