I've been speaking English for almost 72 years... "How many days has April?" sounds fine to me.
Yes, of course, and this is yet another example of good English not being accepted. I just swallow hard and count to five (in Swedish).
Ett, två, tre, fira, fem, (sex, sju, otta, nio, tio) I also use them when I try to do physical exercises to remember them better
Apparently I added this a few months back but didn't check the thread to make a comment about it. Anyway, it works now. :)
"How many days has April got" is correct UK English. "Does have" is an American construction
Obviously ¨how many days has April¨isn't a sentence in English. Are we expected to transliterate to the extent possible, or to render full-fledged idiomatic translations?
In English, we'd say ¨How many days in April?¨, or ¨How many days in the month of April?¨ Neither of which seem to be accepted as answers.
Ok, removed that one. The main answer (the one you can see on top of this page) is How many days does April have?. Another one is How many days are there in April?
"How many days has April?" is a perfectly proper English sentence and should be accepted. I have to say since the new crown things have been introduced there are a lot more ungrammatical English answers or correct English being marked as wrong.
You are correct and I agree with you about the increase in awkward syntax in English sentences.
This is correct and very annoying. I'm currently the only person fixing these things, and there's only so much I can do at a time.
The reason this happened is that the crowns system made all sentences start appearing. Previously, any sentence which had too high failure rates would start getting hidden by the system automatically. Most of these sentences had high failure rates because they had been created using unidiomatic or sometimes even incorrect English. In practice, this meant that the unidiomatic sentences did not receive comments, nor error reports, and were thus never given any attention by anyone - system, users, or contributors. I've spent quite a lot of time fixing the re-surfaced sentences, and I'm fairly confident I've been able to cover at least most of them, but there's no way to know for sure.
Actually, I have heard ''How many days has April'' from my aunt in the U.S. I guess that shows my age, and it is the literal translation. My aunt was proper and chastised us if we pronounced her title ''ant'' in stead of ''awnt!'' 30 days has September, April, June and November...