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    #1

    How much money I have left

    Hi,

    Which one below is grammatically correct?

    1. How much money do I have left?
    2. How much money I have left?


    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: How much money I have left

    As a standalone question, #1 is correct. #2 could be a valid phrase, e.g. "Can you tell me how much money I have left?"

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    Re: How much money I have left

    Shouldn't "How much money have I left?" be possible too?
    However, its meaning would be different.

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    #4

    Re: How much money I have left

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Shouldn't "How much money have I left?" be possible too?
    However, its meaning would be different.

    Cheers!
    "How much money have I left" is indeed possible. It has the same meaning as "How much money do I have left".

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    #5

    Re: How much money I have left

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "How much money have I left" is indeed possible. It has the same meaning as "How much money do I have left".
    Really?
    I thought:
    How much money have I left?
    I want to give you some of my money.
    (I put it on a table.)
    I forgot how much it was, so I ask you.

    How much money do I have left?
    I play in a casino and spend a lot of money.
    The guy asks me, "What's your capital expenditure (not sure if it's the correct word here)?"
    And you ask your wife, "How much money do I have left?"

    What do you mean?

    Cheers!

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    #6

    Re: How much money I have left

    Nightmare, I don't get the difference between your two situations. Could you explain it more generally?

    (I don't think there's a difference either.)

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    #7

    Re: How much money I have left

    I have left you something.
    (It's for you.)

    I have something left.
    (It's for me.)

    Cheers!

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    #8

    Re: How much money I have left

    Oh, I see. "How much money have I left" can mean two things. It depends on the function of "have". "Have" can be an auxiliary verb needed to make the present perfect tense, or it can simply mean "possess".

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    #9

    Re: How much money I have left

    I think he means "have I left" as in "left behind."

    Anyway, it is valid English to say "How much money have I left?" (noun-verb re-ordered to form a question), but it doesn't sound natural to me.

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    #10

    Re: How much money I have left

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think he means "have I left" as in "left behind."

    Anyway, it is valid English to say "How much money have I left?" (noun-verb re-ordered to form a question), but it doesn't sound natural to me.
    It's perfectly natural to my ear.

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