Feb 17, 2012, 5:12 PM
Post #27 of 40
And even better, ask, "¿Cuánto me cobra hasta (destination)? Generally speaking, things either cuesta or cuestan (verb costar - to cost) depending on whether they are singular or plural. Services, e.g., rent, taxi, doctor, barber and many many others, have a "charge" and commonly use the verb cobrar - to charge - so it's, "How much will you charge me to/for/etc.?" Naturally, the hasta I used in the example applies to taxis, since that was the discussion.
This, of course, is a generalization, but in most cases it's the normal usage.
At least in north and northwest where I live, "¿Cuánto?" accompanied with a pointing finger, is perfectly OK. No one would consider it rude at all.