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    Birthday

    Can I say "How many times does the birthday of a person come in his entire life"? Is it a correct question?

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    Re: Birthday

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It is not a natural question however constructed.
    Sorry, I don't understand.

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    Re: Birthday

    You can (in certain contexts) talk about how many birthdays a person celebrates in their life.

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    Re: Birthday

    It's impossible to say or ask how many birthdays they will have in their life. It requires a level of prediction that is not possible.

    Once they're dead, you could (although I don't know why you would) ask "How many birthdays did he/she have in his/her life?" However, the natural question is "How old was he/she when he/she died?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Birthday

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Is it a correct question?
    What do you expect the answer to be?

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