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I just heard a sentence this morning - "how much money do you have?"

お金、 どれぐらい ある?

I have always been taught "how much" is どのぐらい so hearing どれぐらい has caught me off-guard.

As I recall we use この with an object, and これ when there is not one. So...

お金、どれぐらい ある?

どのぐらい お金が ある?

Is my understanding correct?

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どれくらい, どれぐらい, どのくらい, and どのぐらい are used interchangeably.



All sound fine to me. どれくらい, どのくらい etc. modify a 用言 (=ある/あります) and どのくらい, どれくらい etc. modifiy a 名詞 (=お金).

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Do you know why is く sometimes voiced to ぐ (くらい-> ぐらい)? – Szymon Apr 25 '14 at 9:02
@Szymon I don't know the reason. It seems like in Edo period there were distinctions such as (1)体言には「ぐらい」が付く。 (2)「この・その・あの・どの」には「くらい」が付く。 (3)用言や助動詞には、普通は「ぐらい」が付くが,「くらい」が付くこともある。 but in modern Japanese we don't have such restrictions anymore. – user1016 Apr 25 '14 at 9:23

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