"How" vs "What" do you say (that) in Eng

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"How" vs "What" do you say (that) in Eng

Postby Angie » Wed, 04 Apr 2007 05:24:45 -0500

"How do you say (that) in English?" vs "What do you say (that) in English?"

Can anyone please me the difference?

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Postby English Toolbox Co » Sun, 02 Sep 2007 04:05:02 -0500

Generally, we use "how" for specific translations (e.g., "How do you say 'verboten' in English?"). We would only use "what" for more general items such as idioms or proverbs (e.g., "In German, we say 'making an elephant out of a flea': what do you say in English?").
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Re: "How" vs "What" do you say (that) in Eng

Postby Ruth McEwan » Wed, 05 Mar 2008 07:56:00 -0500

Grammatically, there is a difference:-

How do you say ________ in English? - requires an object

What do you say in English? - there is NO object

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