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Jǐ几 and duōshǎo多少 are both used to ask the number/quantity of people or things. While Jǐ几 is usually used based on the assumption that the number of people or things is less than 10. For example,

1)你家里有几口人?

nǐ          jiā    yǒu       jǐkǒu         rén

You   family  has   how many  people

‘How many people are there in your family?’

2)教室里有多少人?

Jiàoshì          lǐ      yǒu      duōshǎo     rén?

Classroom   in     has      how many  people

‘How many people are there in the classroom?’

Tip: duōshǎo多少 is usually used to ask the height, weight, length, size of people and things, and it is also frequently used based on the assumption that the number is more than 10. However, Jǐ几 matches with date, such as ‘jǐdiǎn 几点 what time is it’ and ‘jǐhào 几号 what date is it‘.
answered Nov 18, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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