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    Hello,
    I've got a question about the use of how: is this sentence grammatically right I dress how I want? It sounds weird to me, I would have chosen like instead, but I'm in doubt.
    Thanks a lot for your help, in advance.
    Eva

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    Hi Eva, and welcome to Using English.

    It sounds okay, though I prefer your version.

    I dress ... how ... I want.
    I wear my clothing ... in the manner... that pleases me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi Eva, and welcome to Using English.

    It sounds okay, though I prefer your version.

    I dress ... how ... I want.
    I wear my clothing ... in the manner... that pleases me.
    As opposed to "wearing clothing in a manner that pleases me", I would understand "I dress how I want" to mean "I wear any clothes I want to regardless of what anyone else thinks". Maybe it's another BrE vs AmE difference.

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    I think it's the same -- in a manner that pleases me, regardless of how others feel about it. They may think I look fabulous, or they may think I should "do more with myself" but regardless of their opinion, good or bad, I dress how I want.

    Did you get a different interpretation from what I wrote? I didn't mean for there to be one.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think it's the same -- in a manner that pleases me, regardless of how others feel about it. They may think I look fabulous, or they may think I should "do more with myself" but regardless of their opinion, good or bad, I dress how I want.

    Did you get a different interpretation from what I wrote? I didn't mean for there to be one.
    I would find "I dress" different from "I wear my clothing". I'm having trouble explaining why or how, but I'll keep thinking about it!

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    "I dress" is an even better shorthand than I thought. I guess it covers all of "the clothes/style/manner of weaing those clothes."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    The best description I can give of the difference I discern is that "I dress" means the clothes that I wear, and "I wear my clothing" would be ways in which specific or non-specific clothing is worn.

    I dress casually = I wear casual (not formal) clothing
    I wear my clothing casually = No matter what I am wearing, I wear it in a casual way (ie my shirt not tucked in to my trousers, a tie slung over my shoulder).

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