How is "how" used in "Room on the Broom?"
Hi, I recently bought the book "Room on the Broom" for my son and while I was reading with him I recognized that the word "how" is used in a way in which I didn't understand the meaning. Here's the lines: "How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind. But how the witch wailed and how the cat spat, When the wind blew so wildly it blew off the hat." In these lines how is used as an adverb in affirmative sentences. Isn't how supposed be used in a quesion when it is used as an adverb? Is this ok because this is rather poetic than formal? I'll appreciate any advice or opinion.
Yes, it is rather poetic, but hopefully I can explain how it is used. It is actually being used as a conjunction that means "the manner in which." Here are a few examples that might make more sense to you.
He taught me how to drive a car.
This is how you iron a shirt.
I don't know how I got here.
In your son's book, the pictures help to describe the manner in which the cat purred or the witch grinned.
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