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    I think,here,that,if you insist on having the question begin with "how" then,I'm afraid,the possible results may be minimal.A question that begins with "how" seeks to know the manner in which a particular action was performed.In this present case,I don't think same applies, besides,such questions are usually asked in the simple present or simple past tense(or aspect)...eg...How DOES(simple present)she sing?"...she sings gracefully...eg...How DID(simple past)she sing?"...she sang gracefully.It is impossible,for example,to have a question/answer like this..."How's she sung?
    ...she ???gracefully"
    Therefore,it suffices to say that an answer in the present or past perfect/participle cannot answer a question that begins with "how"..."what" would be a most empirical alternative.
    "She's broken her leg"...How....?(wrong)
    "She's broken her leg...What....(correct)
    ...what has she broken?...........Her leg!
    ...Has she broken anything?......(yes)Her leg
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsomatrics
    I think,here,that, if you insist on having the question begin with "how",the possible results will be minimal.A question that begins with "how" seeks to know the manner in which a particular action was performed and such questions are usually asked in the simple present and simple past tenses(or aspects)..eg...how DOES(simple present)she sing?...she sings gracefully...eg How DID(simple past)she sing?...she sang gracefully...it is difficult,for example,to have an answer like this..."she's sung gracefully" yet expect the question to begin with how..."how did she sing?"(wrong).To conclude,an answer in the present perfect or past perfect tense cannot have the question begin with "how"..."what" would be an empirical alternative.
    "she's broken her leg"...how?(wrong)
    "she's broken her leg"..."what"(correct)..eg "what has she broken"?..."Has she broken anything?"(correct)
    There is something that needs more explanations.Thanks for help.

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    What exactly do you want me to explain?

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    ......yet expect the question to begin with how..."how did she sing?"(wrong).

    ....................
    A.Last night she went to a party.
    B.How did she sing?
    A.She sang beautifully.
    ........................

    Am I right ? I am really confused.

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    Hello all,

    The poster asked:

    Please make [a] question for the sentence [that] follow[s]:

    She's broken her leg. (i.e., She has recently broken her leg.)
    How_____________?

    The answers are,

    "How did she break it?"
    "How did she do it?"
    "How did that happen?"

    and even present tense,

    "How do you know that?"

    The present perfect ("has broken") refers to a span of time that starts in the past and runs all the way up to now, the present; e.g., How have you been?.

    The present perfect is connected to the present and the past, which is the reason simple past "did" is possible; e.g., How did she break it?, and also the reason simple present works; e.g., How do you know that?

    All the best,

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    Thank ALL a lot.

    Useful and interesting.

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    Dear Casiopea,
    I consider it a clear case of academic or grammatical homicide for anyone to suppose let alone propose to post an answer like this..."she's broken her leg or she's recently broken her leg(as you put it) to questions like these..."how did she do it?"..."what happened to her?"
    The tense of the above sentences is SIMPLE PAST and thus cannot have their answers in the perfect(present or past)...as you rightly put it,a present perfect tense seeks to establish a degree of relationship or overlap between a past action and a present one,it does not state a stale fact..."she's broken her" can NEVER be an answer to "what happened to her" or "How did she do it"...instead,I'd prefer something in this neighbourhood..."what has happened to her?"

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    The poster asked:

    Please make [a] question for the sentence [that] follow[s]:

    She's broken her leg. (i.e., She has recently broken her leg.)
    How_____________?

    The answers are,

    "How did she break it?"
    "How did she do it?"
    "How did that happen?
    ...all these questions can only be asked after "she's broken her leg" must have answered another question....
    A:What has happened to her?
    B:She's broken her leg.
    A:How did she break it?
    A:How did she do it?
    A:How did that happen?
    ...none of the three model questions you formed can have "she's broken her leg" as answer in the first instance.

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    Statement: She's broken her leg. (i.e., She has recently broken her leg.)
    Response: How_____________?

    The answers are,

    "How did she break it?"
    "How did she do it?"
    "How did that happen?

    Quote Originally Posted by rhapsomatrics
    . . . these questions can only be asked after "she's broken her leg"
    That's right. By the way, "She's broken her leg" is not a question; it's a statement.

    Jan: Where's Mary? She's playing 3rd base, today.
    Sam: Mary's broken her leg.
    Jan: Oh, really? How'd she do it?
    Sam: She fell off a horse.

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    I NEVER said "She"s broken her leg" was/is a question and NEVER will I.It is a declarative sentence which is sometimes eponymed as a statement.You may read my post over again.
    Thanks.

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