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    How many times had she taken ...

    Hello,

    How many times had she taken the driving test before she passed?
    https://www.englishclub.com/esl-game...-perfect-9.htm

    This is the right answer to the question No.9.

    I then googled 'How many times had she'. It gave none.

    Why is the answer so different from the Google data?

    Thank you
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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    If you Googled "How many times had she", no wonder there weren't any results. It's not a complete sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    If you Googled "How many times had she", no wonder there weren't any results. It's not a complete sentence.
    Terrible!

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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Soseki View Post
    Terrible!
    What's terrible?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What's terrible?
    In the sense it's not a complete sentence.

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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    The Corpus of Contemporary American English gives 49 examples of that phrase. It would probably be a better Google search without the pronoun, which would allow for other pronouns and names, and which gives 358,000 results, including false positives.

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    Re: How many times had she taken ...

    PS It may also have something to do with personal search settings as I get pages of results for that exact search phrase. Did you put it between "enter search here" or not? If you put it between the double speech/quotation marks, Google searches for the exact phrase.

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