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"How many people suffered from malaria last year?" Is "suffered" alright or do I have to write "did suffer"? Usual questions with the question word how many use a subject like: How many books do you have? That's clear and easy.

  • In the UK, 'How many books have you got?' is far more likely in an informal register. Your first example sentence sounds rather strange to me, as I'd expect say 'How many cases of malaria were there last year?' But 'How many people from the U3A history group went to Stonehenge last week?' is the default way of asking this question. Do-support would only be used for emphasis: 'How many people from the U3A history group did go to Stonehenge last week?' – Edwin Ashworth May 22 '18 at 9:38
  • @ EdwinAshworth: Thanks a lot, your comment was helpful. – Ines May 22 '18 at 9:48

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