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    #1

    What vs how

    Hi,

    which of them are correct:

    #1 What do you call this thing in English?
    #2 How do you call this thing in English?
    #3 What is it called in English?
    #4 How is it called in English?

    Thank you.

    W


    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    #2

    Re: What vs how

    'what' is used when we are asking for information that will clearly identify an
    object/something from all other things. So:
    #1 What do you call this (thing) in English?

    #3 What is it called in English?

    'how' means "in what way or manner; by what means"
    So:
    How is this pronounced?
    How does this work?


    ('how' also has several other meanings.)

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