I'm doing an exercise that calls for the student to create a question and then answer the question using the phrase ¿Cuántos hay?
So for example, "7 maletas" would be: ¿Cuántas maletas hay? Hay siete maletas.
I looked up cuánto/a in the dictionary and included the definition below. Note that this is a paper dictionary from a college class in the US (Vistas Higher Learning).
Since the dictionary defines the word as an adverb, why does the phrase have to match the gender of the nouns? I thought that was only with adjectives. Is the use of the phrase in this context an adjective then?
¿cuánto/a? adv. how much? ¿Cuánto cuesta? How much does it cost?