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    I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Sorry for using "how to" but I thought that you had told me that we cannot start a question using "how to" that's why I used it as a part of a sentence, but I didn't know that I couldn't use it anywhere. Could you please tell me where I can use "how to" because I have seen many question starting with "how to(not on this forum)".

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    As your question is not very clear, I don't know how to answer it.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Also 'Please tell me how to ask a question.'

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Headings, not questions, can start with "How to"

    How to reset your password

    How to change your address of record

    How to add a user to a permission group

    These would be followed by instructions on how to do these things.
    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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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Here are some examples of proper questions starting with 'how'.

    How can I do this?
    How do you say that?
    How would we write the other?
    I am not a teacher

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    I have seen many question starting with "how to(not on this forum)".
    It is, as Barb says used in heading and titles, but they shouldn't have a question mark at the end:

    How to reset a password
    How to reset a password?

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Non-native Anglophones often don't know how to form questions in English, so you'll see lots of incorrectly-formed questions on the Web. Questions written like How to write a question? are comprehensible even though they're mangled English. This forum discourages mangled English.

    [EDIT] While I was writing the above, I received this message from a Yahoo group to which I belong: How to convert string to integer in edeveloper 9.4? I won't correct the author's English because I understand it and the group's focus is something other than using English. But I know immediately that English is a second language for its author.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 21-Apr-2016 at 17:53.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Now I am not going to use "how to" in my questions.

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    You can if you say 'Please tell me how to write this correctly'.

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    Re: I thought I couldn't start a question using how to

    Info. for those following the thread. @tufguy - not so important if you don't understand this.

    "How to" can begin a sentence if the string of words is actually a sentence, eg. "How to begin a sentence with "How to" is not easily understood." "How to bake a cake is something that I've never learnt." Note that the sentences have a finite verb. Non-sentences like "How to bake a cake?" do not have a finite verb.
    On the other hand, I can't think of a question that begins with "How to".

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