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What is the difference between How and What?

Asked by Lysa , Last updated: Jul 27, 2020

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Chris Kenway

Chris Kenway, Content Writer, Jacksonville

Answered Jul 27, 2020

How and what are words used to ask questions, sometimes the answers to how and what questions are alike. “How” is used to know the method, means or manner in which something was done while “What” is used to find about something or a situation. “How” can be interpreted and used in different ways.

1. It can be used to know the extent of something, for example: “How bad is the dress?”
2. For what reason; “how dare you work out on me?”
3. In what state or condition? “How are you?”
4. At what price. How much is the dress?”
5. By what title? “How do I address your father?” And so on.

While what is used in different ways too.

1. Used to interrogate for more information. “What happened there?”
2. Used to inquire about the character. “What does he do?”
3. Used to enquire about the worth. “What importance have you added in my life?”
4. Used to indicate that which. “He got what he wished for.”

 

L. Agate

L. Agate

Answered Jun 26, 2020

What and how are two of the interrogate words. They serve as a way to begin a question, as well as can be used to question things by itself. What is a question that normally asks about a person or a thing? An example of a question using What is "What was Karen is wearing to Prom on Saturday?".

How is a question that can be used to ask about the manner in which things occur? For example, "How is she able to read a book and watch television at the same time." These words can also serve as conjunctions in sentences.

 

Esther

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Esther , philanthropist, PCert, Alberta

Answered Jun 17, 2020

How and what are known to be two questions that can be used by people whenever they would like to find some of the answers that they are searching for. You would ask the question “how” when you want to know the process by which certain things are made or the circumstances surrounding a certain situation.

You can ask the question “what” when you want to know more about the items that are available or if you want to know the description of the item that you are searching for. There are also times when you can use what in order to know the current status of a situation.

 

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