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! :)
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
Originally Posted by RonBee
I've always thought 'How can I spell...' a touch strange.