How bad vs what bad

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Is there any difference between how bad and what bad?I'm learning English recently. Thanks for replying
 

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Could you give example sentences using them?
 

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The phrases can both be correct in the right context. They never mean the same thing.
 

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What bad weather we are having vs how bad weather we are having (for example)
 

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"What bad weather we are having!" vs "How bad weather we are having!" (for example).

In that example, only "What bad weather" works. In BrE, you might hear an exclamation like "Oh my god! How bad is this weather!" Despite the construction, the second is not a question.
 

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I cannot describe how bad the weather is.
 

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No. I showed you how "How bad is this weather" could be used in post #5.

"How bad weather we are having" is wrong.
 

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Are you trying to make an interrogative sentence or an exclamatory sentence?

Ali1002, I think part of the problem here is that you haven't used appropriate punctuation marks at the end of your sentences/phrases using "how" or "what".

:cry:
 

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No. I showed you how "How bad is this weather" could be used in post #5.

"How bad weather we are having" is wrong.

Why "how bad weather..." is still incorrect? I don't understand.
 

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Do you understand why we say 'What a bad day' but not 'How a bad day'?
 

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When making an exclamation, we use "How" before a standalone adjective and "What" before a noun (or an adjective and a noun).

What terrible weather!
How terrible is this weather!

What an ugly dog!
How ugly that dog is!

John: My uncle died last night in a freak lightning strike!
Sarah: What an awful shock!

John: My uncle died last night in a freak lightning strike!
Sarah: How awful!
 

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When making an exclamation, we use "How" before a standalone adjective and "What" before a noun (or an adjective and a noun).

What terrible weather!
How terrible is this weather!

What an ugly dog!
How ugly that dog is!

John: My uncle died last night in a freak lightning strike!
Sarah: What an awful shock!

John: My uncle died last night in a freak lightning strike!
Sarah: How awful!

Are these sentences the same? " What a bad day!" and " How bad is this day!". I mean for you as a native American people ,which one is understandable? Sorry for repetitive questions!
 

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Are these sentences the same? (1) "What a bad day!" and (2) "How bad is this day!". I mean for you as a native American-English speaker, [strike]people[/strike]which one is understandable? Sorry for repetitive questions!
Although sentence 2 is grammatically correct, it's not natural in American English. Sentence 1 is okay.

Never put a space after an opening quotation mark. Never put a space before a comma. Always put a space after a comma.

In American English, native American means Amerindian.
 
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