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Hi,

How many rooms are there in the house?

Can I omit 'there' here and just say 'How many rooms are in the house?'

Do they mean the same?

Thanks.

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anonymous

How many rooms are there in the house?

Can I omit 'there' here and just say 'How many rooms are in the house?' Yes.

Do they mean the same? Yes.

CJ

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Hi CJ,

Does the sentence sound natural?

'How many rooms does the house have?'

Thanks.

anonymous

Hi CJ,

Does the sentence sound natural?

'How many rooms does the house have?'

Thanks.

Yes. That's good, too.

CJ

Hi CJ,

What's the subtle difference between the two sentences? Are they always interchangeable?

How many rooms are there in the house?

How many rooms does the house have?

Thanks a lot.

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anonymous

What's the subtle difference between the two sentences? Are they always interchangeable?

How many rooms are there in the house?

How many rooms does the house have?

The meaning is the same, but it's expressed in terms of slightly different concepts. The first sentence ("there are") is based on the concept of the existence of something. The second sentence ("have") is based on the concept of possession.

The two sentences you gave above are pretty much always interchangeable, but that's a special case.

How many children are there in this classroom? would almost never be expressed as How many children does this classroom have?

And How many legs does a spider have? would almost never be expressed as How many legs are there on a spider?

CJ