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Autor:  Fran
E-mail:  não-disponível
Data:  17/SET/2009 2:58 PM
Assunto:  sentence structure
 
Mensagem: 

Stella,

 

'How ever did you come up with that idea!' (implying 'you must be crazy' to have dreamed that up)

 

There is a much less polite version of the structure too: 'how the "bleep" did you do that?!'

 

In those sentences, "How" is the question-word.

 

How did you do that?  correct

 

How = question word

did = auxiliary

you = pronoun

do = verb

that = object pronoun

 

and then we add the part to make the sentence complete

 

The other sentence can be rethorical. But you can still use the structure "How ever ... ?" just to add intensity to the question making the structure also non-rethorical.

 

 

 

 


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sentence structure   –  Maria Letícia  16/SET/2009, 7:16 PM
sentence structure   –  Dale-CR  16/SET/2009, 7:44 PM
sentence structure   –  orlando  16/SET/2009, 8:29 PM
sentence structure   –  Maria Letícia  16/SET/2009, 9:08 PM
sentence structure   –  orlando  16/SET/2009, 10:04 PM
sentence structure   –  Stella  16/SET/2009, 11:31 PM
sentence structure   –  Tiago T.  16/SET/2009, 11:59 PM
sentence structure   –  Stella  17/SET/2009, 2:33 AM
sentence structure   –  Dale-CR  17/SET/2009, 1:32 PM
sentence structure   –  Dale-CR  17/SET/2009, 1:06 AM
sentence structure   –  Maria Letícia  17/SET/2009, 11:06 AM
sentence structure   –  Dale-CR  17/SET/2009, 1:29 PM
 sentence structure   –  Fran  17/SET/2009, 2:58 PM
sentence structure   –  Visto  19/SET/2009, 2:18 AM

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