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    hi.. how are you teacher? I have a question .. should I say "how many of you want to drink tea?" or how many of you (wants ) to drink tea?

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    Hi. how are you teacher?(unnecessary).

    I have a question. Should I say "How many of you want to drink tea?" or "How many of you wants to drink tea?"?
    See my amendments above in red. Please remember to start every new sentence with a capital letter. Remember that one full stop is sufficient at the end of a sentence.

    Which one do you think is correct?

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    Well, thanks a lot for your amendments. I think the first one is the correct but I want to make sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ragheda View Post
    Well, thanks a lot for your amendments. I think the first one is the correct but I want to make sure.
    You're right. It's "How many of you want to drink tea?"

    With that kind of construction we use the bare infinitive:

    How many people eat apples?
    How many of you drink coffee?
    How many of you want to come to my lecture?
    How many teenagers take drugs?

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    With that kind of construction we use the bare infinitive:

    How many people eat apples?
    How many of you drink coffee?
    How many of you want to come to my lecture?
    How many teenagers take drugs?[/QUOTE]

    Hi Emsr2d2,

    I hope you don't mind my asking: do you really think it's a bare infinitive? I've always regarded it as present plural (as many would imply the presence of a plural subject), whereas with how much the third person present singular is used.

    How much salt needs to be added?
    How much more work has to be done?

    How many students go home at the week-end?

    Furthermore in past sentences, past tenses are used according to the subjects of the sentences.

    How many students got an A?
    How many bottles of wine were bought?
    How much paint has been left over?
    How many boxes were missing?

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    You're absolutely right and this is exactly why I am a "use of English" teacher, not a grammar teacher! Third person plural verb form it is.

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