How many people did die

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Hello everybody

I googled "how many people died" and I found a lot of websites that use this sentence but I saw in a book:
Medieval Realms 1066-1500

How many people did die from this plague?
I'm confused and I don't know which one to use. Is there any significant difference between "How many people died?" and "How many people did die?"?
Please tell me your opinion.
  • Sparky Malarky

    English - US
    Both are correct. Using "did die" suggests that you are contradicting someone, or asserting that you were correct.

    A: The plague was terrible! Millions of people died!
    B: No, not that many. You are exaggerating.
    A: Oh? Well how many people did die, then?
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