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    Default How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    1. How many times did Brazil win the World Cup?

    2. How many times has Brazil won the World Cup?



    Which is more common expression when you ask about the number of something and

    How are the two sentences different?



    I'm teaching Present Perfect nowadays and I don't really see the

    differences between the two sentences above.

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    Default Re: How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    1. How many times did Brazil win the World Cup [in the second half of the 20th century]?

    2. How many times has Brazil won the World Cup [up to now]?



    Which is more common expression when you ask about the number of something and

    How are the two sentences different?



    I'm teaching Present Perfect nowadays and I don't really see the

    differences between the two sentences above.
    Hi,

    Maybe adding a time reference will help your students start to see a difference. Both are grammatically correct, as far as I can see, but I would most often use the present perfect in a case like this.

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    Default Re: How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    How many films did Marilyn Monroe make? She's not likely to make any more, as she died some time ago.

    How many films has Meryl Streep made? It is possible that she will continue to make more films.

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    Default Re: How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    Just for info, in BrE you'll hear "How many times have Brazil won the World Cup?"
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Just for info, in BrE you'll hear "How many times have Brazil won the World Cup?"
    WHY?

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    Default Re: How many times did Brazil win ...? How many times has Brazil won...?

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    WHY?
    Because collective nouns can take plural verbs. 'Brazil' = the football team.

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