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You should buy three apples.
question form -

How many apples you should buy?

Is this correct? Or should it be:

How many apples should you buy?


Also, think about this one, if you buy three apples, which one is the correct question form:

How many apples do you buy?

or:

How many apples you buy?

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The first question is easy; use:

How many apples should you buy?

In place of should, you could also use would, could, did, will, or even might, depending on what you were trying to say.


In the second question, you can say:

How many apples do you buy?

However, by itself, I'd interpret that to mean:

How many apples do you buy on a regular basis?

I might fit that into a conversation like this one:

I go to the orchard every Saturday, and buy apples.
Really? How many apples do you buy?

However, if someone told me something different, I would ask my question in a different way:

I will go to the orchard on Saturday, and buy apples.
Really? How many apples will you buy?

  • Great answer, +1. From the context of the question ("If you bought three apples, what...") I think that in the second sentence, the OP is looking for "How many apples did you buy" ("I bought 3 apples."). – WendiKidd Aug 21 '13 at 14:15
  • @WendiKidd: Great point; I'll add that to the list of words one could use. – J.R. Aug 21 '13 at 14:39

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