how many intact cups? or what?
heres one. theres ten flies on a table. you swat one. how many remain?
there are ten candles. three of them are blown out. how many will remain?

11 does the job, as does 9 cups and 3 tables but in the spirit of the OP's solution, the one I was specifically looking for is 2 (since nein cups on the table means no cups on the table! ðŸ˜µ )

Originally posted by Banana King how many intact cups? or what?
heres one. theres ten flies on a table. you swat one. how many remain?
there are ten candles. three of them are blown out. how many will remain?

In both cases 10, since you never specified whether the flies should be dead or alive in the first case or whether it mattered that the candles were lit in the second?