How many times I begged you?
So my friend used to ask me frequently to go out, but I would refuse each time.
And recently I asked him to go out ( for the first time :) ), so his response was: "How many times I begged you to go out?"
I found his question grammatically incorrect but he disagreed (ofcourse), so I asked my English teacher and he said regarding it's position in the conversation it's correct.
I'm still doubtful about it because I think it should be "How many times DID I beg you?" or "How many times HAVE I begged you?" I just want to know if there's any chance his question would be correct. Thanks.
Did you ask your teacher verbally or in writing? As you have written the sentence here, the teacher would be wrong. However, when you speak, you can't see the punctuation. The spoken words could easily be written like this:
"How many times? I begged you to go out!"
The answer to your question is, "Yes, there is a chance." I can hear his exasperation now. If you don't want to further annoy your friend, I suggest you pay closer attention to your own writing before criticizing the way he talks. What you have written above is riddled with mistakes.
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