How many rabbits did he have left? How many of the six pennies did she have left? How many boats did Joe have left?

Are the above sentences acceptable? If you are a teacher of English, will you advise your students to avoid such usage?

Are the above sentences acceptable? If you are a teacher of English, will you advise your students to avoid such usage?

How many rabbits did he have left? How many of the six pennies did she have left? How many boats did Joe have left?Are the above sentences acceptable? Yes. Perfect.

If you are a teacher of English, will you advise your students to avoid such usage? No. There is no need to avoid this usage.

*How many ... s did X have left? = How many ...s remained in X's possession?*

CJ

Comments

How many marbles did he have left? = how many did he keep after some were taken away from him?

How many marbles did he leave? = how many did he put down and walk away from?

Lil' Ruby Rose

anonymous_{Teo,}Although your example sentences sounded a little odd, the structure is correct.

How many hours

do we have leftbefore the deadline?Deadline is tomorrow and we only

have a few hours leftto finish the project.How much money

do you have leftin your wallet?implies that still remains. If we started with certain amount of time or quantity of something, and you wanted to know how much still remains, you can use in that context.

Goodman