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    Question starting with "How many"

    When I am asking a question starting with how many do I leave the rest part of the sentense narrative?

    eg. How many children does your mother take after?
    or How many children your mother takes after?

    Thank you

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Quote Originally Posted by tmarinova View Post
    When I am asking a question starting with how many do I leave the rest part of the sentense narrative?

    eg. How many children does your mother take after?
    or How many children your mother takes after?

    Thank you

    How many children does your mother take after? This one is correct, but it's meaning is not very clear.


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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How many children does your mother take after? This one is correct, but it's meaning is not very clear.

    I'm torn between thinking it means:
    "How many children does your mother look after?"
    - or -
    "How many children take after your mother?"


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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Disappear, faizulla.

    Greg

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Your wish is our command, Greg. Faizulla will spam here no more.

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Hello Ann1977,

    I think this one is the bets meaning "How many children does your mother look after?".

    But I am just a learner. Maybe Mr or Ms.tamarinova can enlighten us.

    Have a nice day.


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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello Ann1977,

    I think this one is the bets meaning "How many children does your mother look after?".

    But I am just a learner. Maybe Mr or Ms.tamarinova can enlighten us.

    Have a nice day.
    Yes, this is an interesting problem for someone trying to dope this out by using a dictionary.

    to resemble
    to look like
    to look after
    to take after
    to take out after
    to look out for

    I'd hate to have to disambiguate these on my own!

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Hi to all!
    I didn't know that this evoke such a discussion.
    The sentence is exactly "How many children does your mother look after?"
    But this is just an optional sentence to illustrate the question I was asking.

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    How many children does your mother take after? This one is correct, but it's meaning is not very clear.
    tsk, tsk, tsk, bhaisahab.................. can't resist this one "it's meaning?"

    I shall now go stand in the corner!

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    Re: Question starting with "How many"

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    tsk, tsk, tsk, bhaisahab.................. can't resist this one "it's meaning?"

    I shall now go stand in the corner!

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