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Using 何

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This is a very useful add-on.

Use it as a counter:

何人

nan nin
how many people
来るのは何人ですか?kuru no wa nan nin desu ka? - How many people are coming?
何年 nan nen
how many years
何年アメリカに住んでいましたか? nan nen amerika ni sunde imashita ka? - How many years did you live in America?
何番 nan ban
what number
次は何番ですか? tsugi wa nan ban desu ka? - What is the next number?
何度 nan do
what`s the temperature
温度は何度ですか? ondo wa nando desu ka? - What is the temperature at?
何曜日 nan you bi
what day of the week
今日は何曜日ですか? kyou wa nan youbi desu ka? - What is the day of the week?
何日 nan nichi
which day
パーティーは何日? pa-ti wa nan nichi? - What day is the party?
何個 nan ko
how many pieces
ジェリービーンを何個ほしいですか? jeri-bi-n o nanko hoshii desu ka? - How many jelly beans do you want?

And the following are a few of the adverbial usages of 何

何か nani ka
something
何か飲みたい。 nanika nomitai - I want something to drink
何でも nan demo
anything, whatever
何でもいいです。 nandemo ii desu. - Anything is fine.
何と nan to
how...!
何とすばらしい日。 nan to subarashii hi. - What a wonderful day!
何のため nan no tame
what for
ここに来たのは、何のためですか? koko ni kita no wa nan no tame desu ka? - Why did you come here?
何となく nantonaku
somehow, in some way
何となく分かる。 nantonaku wakaru. - I somehow understand.

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