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    Hi
    1.
    a. How many presents she got?
    b. How many presents did she get?
    2.
    a. How many friends came to the party?
    b. How many friends did come to the party?

    I would say that 1b and 2a are correct?

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    Re: How many ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    1.
    a. ...how many presents she got... correct
    b. How many presents did she get? correct
    2.
    a. How many friends came to the party? correct
    b. How many friends did come to the party? I am not sure about this one

    I would say that 1b and 2a are correct?
    ***neither a teacher nor a native-speaker***
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    Re: How many ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    1.
    a. How many presents she got? X
    b. How many presents did she get?
    2.
    a. How many friends came to the party?
    b. How many friends did come to the party?

    I would say that 1b and 2a are correct?
    In the second example, b is correct also for someone may have invited 50 epople to a party, but not everyone showed up. So, the question then could be "How many friends did come to the party?" Including did is for emphasis.

    I am not a teacher.

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    What's wrong with 1a, since 2a is correct and the structure of these two is the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    What's wrong with 1a, since 2a is correct and the structure of these two is the same?
    The sentence 1a is not in the correct interrogative structure. You need here the auxiliary verb ‘has’ but then, Have/has got = I have/he has (to posses something). I have a new car= I have got a new car.you cannot say How many presents has she got?= How many presents does she posses? You have use a different verb ‘receive’ for better and proper clarity. You can say:
    How many presents has she received?
    Last edited by sarat_106; 17-Feb-2010 at 05:09.

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    Re: How many ...

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi
    1.
    a. How many presents she got?
    b. How many presents did she get?
    2.
    a. How many friends came to the party?
    b. How many friends did come to the party?

    I would say that 1b and 2a are correct?
    1a, 2b, aren,t questions. They explane something else. for example. HOW MANY PRESENTS SHE GOT, I NEVER KNOW. AND ALSO 2a. HOW MANY FRIENDS CAME TO THE PARTY, I DIDN'T COUNT THEM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    .you cannot say How many presents has she got?= How many presents does she posses? You have use a different verb ‘receive’ for better and proper clarity. You can say:
    How many presents has she received?
    can we say...how many sisters has she got?
    how many brothers have you got?

    because we teach it this way at schools.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_moh55555 View Post
    can we say...how many sisters has she got?
    how many brothers have you got?

    because we teach it this way at schools.
    Yes. You can but with or without (got) the meaning is the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarat_106 View Post
    The sentence 1a is not in the correct interrogative structure.
    But the structure of the sentence 2a is the same and it's correct?

    1. How many presents she got?
    2. How many friends came to the party?

    --- There is no "do" or "did" in either of them, nevertheless, 1 is wrong and 2 is correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    1. How many presents she got?
    That one is not a sentence. Where is the verb?


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