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    Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    IS the sentence "I know how many." complete? Sounds like it is missing something and it is slang.

    Also to clear some confusion I am having, for questions asking "how many", how many is asking for us to explain whether or not there are few or many items or things. It is not a 'what' question which typically askes for a thing right? I guess I am confused what "how many questions" are actually asking for since number are really only descriptive words. not nouns asking for things.

    Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    IS the sentence "I know how many." complete? Sounds like it is missing something and it is slang.

    Also to clear some confusion I am having, for questions asking "how many", how many is asking for us to explain whether or not there are few or many items or things. It is not a 'what' question which typically askes for a thing right? I guess I am confused what "how many questions" are actually asking for since number are really only descriptive words. not nouns asking for things.

    Thanks for the help.
    The sentence lacks a subject.
    How many? Is a question to acertain the quantity of something countable.

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    Re: Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    So right, the question how many, is not asking for a person or a place or a thing, rather it is asking to define quantity, or the number of things.

    The sentence you said was incomplete since it lacked a subject. So it should have been written " I know how many cars there are." or something like that? correct?

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    Re: Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    So right, the question how many, is not asking for a person or a place or a thing, rather it is asking to define quantity, or the number of things.

    The sentence you said was incomplete since it lacked a subject. So it should have been written " I know how many cars there are." or something like that? correct?
    That's right.

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    Re: Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by alkaspeltzar View Post
    IS the sentence "I know how many." complete? Sounds like it is missing something and it is slang.
    I'd call it a complete sentence.
    A: Do want me to tell you how many there are?
    B: I know how many.

    Subject - I; verb - know; Complement - how many.

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    Re: Please help-Is this a complete sentence

    Of course the subject is "I", and it is a complete sentence. The only thing it needs is context.

    A...Does anyone know how many people will be there?
    B...I know (how many).

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    Yes of course, sorry.

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