Which tense should I use with 'how many times', questions and non questions. Not giving any example sentences, coz I don't want to mess you up, there my be nuances.


How many times has he lied to us? (Present perfect, question)

I can't tell you how many times he has lied to us. (present perfect, indirect question.)

How many times is the start of a question, not a statement.

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How about past simple? You can hear sometimes people use it for 'how many times'.

Or just counting times, like 'I hit bull's eye 7 times!' or 'it was three times in a row'

FinicOr just counting times, like 'I hit bull's eye 7 times!' or 'it was three times in a row'

Those sentences do not contain the word "how." The analysis is completely different.

We walked three times yesterday. (simple past)
After we had run three times around the track, we stopped for a break. (past perfect)
The taxi driver will go to the airport seven times tomorrow to pick up his fares. (future)

No they don't, but I thought of a broader context of amount of times management. I'm not a native English speaker, so my natural language sense makes me say things like 'I hit the bull's eye 7 times' instead of using present perfect on it. But the internet doesn't seem to like my taste, or maybe I'm completely off the point.

Thank you though.

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The use of present perfect versus simple past is a matter of the context and the speaker's choice.

The adverb "seven times" does not affect the tense of the main verb.

Vladimir is at the archery range. He has taken his turn at target practice. His arrows are still sticking out of the target. He says, "Look! I have hit the bullseye seven times out of ten shots. I'm getting so much better. Last week, in my best round, I hit the bullseye only five times."

The first sentence is of present interest. It is just completed. The speaker uses present perfect.
The last sentence is an action completed long ago in the past. The speaker used simple past tense.

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