Why is "You have how many apples?" incorrect? It was used in the notes for this lesson.
In standard English, question words or phrases always come first, usually followed by a helper verb. So ‘How many apples [the noun phrase containing the question word] ‘do’ [a helper verb] ‘you have? [the rest of the sentence]’.
"Always" is a strong word. At most I'd say it's unusual.
Parsing it like that (subject first) does sound more rhetorical.
"you have how many" sounds fine to me but is something you would more likely say as a follow up question (as in when questioning a previously stated quantity).
If classifiers are equivalent to "the" in English, why does this sentence use "quả"? Arent we talking about apples in general?
Because táo could mean the apple trees or anything apple related, so we need quả to be more specific (the apple fruits).
This grammar is so confusiiiiiiing... does anyone have an explanation for the sentence structure?