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Let's look at some more examples.
Listen and repeat or speak along with the native speakers.
これは いくらですか。(Kore wa ikura desu ka?)
これは いくらですか。
コーヒーは いくらですか。(Kōhī wa ikura desu ka.)
コーヒーは いくらですか。
スイカは いくらですか。(Suika wa ikura desu ka.)
スイカは いくらですか。
それは いくらですか。(Sore wa ikura desu ka.)
それは いくらですか。
いくらですか。(Ikura desu ka.)
Did you notice how I omitted これは (kore wa)?
いくらですか。(Ikura desu ka.)
"How much is it?"
When you're asking how much something is, and it's understood what you're speaking about, for example, when asking the waiter about the final amount owed at a restaurant, you can omit the topic and the topic-marking particle in this way.
This pattern is
いくらですか。(Ikura desu ka.)
"How much is it?"
You should be aware of this pattern, but for this lesson, we'll use the sentence pattern,
{ITEM} は いくら ですか。(wa ikura desu ka?)
How much is {ITEM}?