How many times or How much time

How many times or How much time

By Alena Lien, 

23 April 2021



"How many times" and "how much time" are phrases used to refer to time.  Although they are similar, they are not interchangeable.



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Time


The main difference between "how many times" and "how much time" is actually due to the meaning of the word, "time."


"Time" has a number of different definitions, and can be used as either a countable or uncountable noun.




Time = countable noun


Time, as a countable noun, refers to an occasion when something happens.


  • "The last time I had McDonald's was over two years ago."

  • "We've already met a few times but I still don't know her name."




"How many times"


This is referring to the number of occasions something happens. Here, the word, "time," is in its plural form.



  • "How many times should you workout in a week?"

  •       "Ideally, about 3-4 times a week."


  • "How many times have you been to Tasmania?"

  •       "Just once. I went when I was really young though."


  • "It doesn't matter how many times I tell him. He always leaves the dishes next to the dishwasher."






Time = uncountable noun


Time, as an uncountable noun, refers to the amount of time.



  • "I'd like to spend more time with my family."

  • "They've known each other for a long time."




"How much time"


This is referring to the amount of time something takes. Here, the word "time" is in its singular form.



  • "Do you know how much time it takes to drive to Adelaide?"

  •       "8 hours if you drive non-stop."


  • "How much time did you take to get ready this morning?"

  •       "About an hour. I had to give a presentation, so I wanted to look nice."


  • "I don't think he knows how much time is required to answer all the questions."