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Thread: How to...?


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    How to...?

    Since I arrived in China, I've heard many students begin a question using 'How to', for example:

    'How to spell this word?'
    'How to write...?'

    It always seemed a strange way of beginning a sentence to me, as I don't remember hearing it when in the UK. I always heard:

    'How do you spell this word?'
    'How do you write...?'

    Am I going crazy? Is beginning a question with 'How to' ungrammatical?

    Sorry for asking what seems such a simple question! :)

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    It's not idiomatic English. I would also say that "How to spell this word?" is ungrammatical. It's certainly not a sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    It's not idiomatic English. I would also say that "How to spell this word?" is ungrammatical. It's certainly not a sentence.

    :)
    Cheers RonBee, I'm glad I'm not going mad! :D

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    I've always thought 'How can I spell...' a touch strange.

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