How do you express that an amount is a total? (In total/all together there are A of item B)

I’m not really sure if this belongs in the grammar section, but I’m trying to say something similar to "In total, there is A of item B). I know that words like 全部 and 全て mean something like “whole” but I’m not sure how you would use them correctly.

For example,

“I bought two apples from the store and then received another one from my friend. Therefore I have three apples in total.”

How would you say something like that?

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There are a lot of other options that mean “total” too. One I just saw a couple hours ago is 合計ごうけい.

I’m not sure how to say exactly what you’re asking for, but here are some example sentences I found:

It cost 50,000 yen 「 in all [ altogetherall told ].

Our expenses 「reached a total of [amounted to/totaled] 100,000 yen.

What does the total come to?



You can also just use 計 as a prefix. This is the most recent one ive seen used.

On mobile, so the best i can do right now is a single example sentence from a dictionary



So would it be something like this?

I bought two apples from the store and then received another one from my friend. Therefore I have three apples in total.

isn’t it ”もっている”?

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Yes, もってる is just a casual contraction of もっている, they mean the same thing :grin:


both work with anything and start the sentence (or subordinate clause). it’s really only spoken language though, more formal or written language would use 合計は7000円になります

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Wow! Thanks for all of the help!

I remember hearing a discussion of this word in a podcast I was listening to. If I’m correct, I think 合計 is only used when talking about a total amount in cash (like when you get a bill). But I might be wrong.

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No, my gut was saying the same as well. But yeah, I couldn’t really cite anything to confirm that…

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Here’s the context where I saw it today, below the bag of 50 coins on the left. The game is Hearthstone.

It’s a daily quest:

Play a total of 20 murloc cards.

Of course it is a translation from English, so there’s room for unnaturalness to slip in.

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私はお店でリンゴを(2個 ・2つ)買い、そしてその後友達からもう(1個・1つ)もらったので(全部で・合計で・合わせて)(3個・ 3つ)持っています。

The words in the parenthesis have the same meaning and therefore using any one would be correct. It’s just a personal preference.

全て has a different meaning. In English, it would be something like “all.”
For example:
I gave all my apples to my friend.

I gave my friend 2 apples and 5 minutes later I gave 3 apples, so altogether I gave 5 apples.

In the second sentence, you would not use 全てto mean “altogether.”

合計 is not limited only to money. An example can be seen in the game screenshot above.


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