Verb + question word + to infinitive ‘learn how to use’

The WH-adverbs: such as ‘how’, ‘when’, ‘where’, and ‘why’ are often called ‘question words’ because they typically introduce interrogative sentences.  However, in this post, we look at the way they introduce other clauses:


A search in iWeb for:

_V _*Q _TO _VVI

 

1 LEARN HOW TO USE

24468

Learn how to use it. (EVP A2 how = the way something happens or is done)

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2 KNOW HOW TO USE 22968
3 KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT

22207

I don’t know what to expect.

(EVP B1 what = refer to something without naming it) 

I don’t know what‘ is the 16th most frequent 5-word Ngram in English.

iWeb 84,166

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4 LEARN HOW TO MAKE 18063
5 KNOW HOW TO GET 16918
6 KNOW WHERE TO START 16420
7 KNOW HOW TO MAKE 15537
8 KNOW WHAT TO SAY 10633
9 LEARN HOW TO CREATE 10034
10 KNOW WHERE TO LOOK 8145
11 KNOW WHAT TO LOOK 7087
12 KNOW WHERE TO GO 7004
13 KNOW WHERE TO FIND 6993
14 KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN 6401
15 LEARN HOW TO PLAY 6266
16 LEARN HOW TO GET 6006
17 LEARNING HOW TO USE 6001
18 KNOW HOW TO HANDLE 5719
19 KNOW HOW TO PLAY 5162
20 KNOW HOW TO FIX 4820
21 LEARN HOW TO BUILD 4640
22 KNOW HOW TO DEAL 4348
23 UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE 4123
24 KNOW HOW TO FIND 3987
25 KNOW WHAT TO THINK 3792
26 KNOW HOW TO READ 3750
27 KNOW HOW TO TAKE 3738
28 KNOWS HOW TO MAKE 3585
29 LEARN HOW TO TAKE 3516
30 KNOW HOW TO WORK 3498
31 KNOW WHAT TO MAKE 3425
32 LEARNING HOW TO MAKE 3403
33 KNOW HOW TO CREATE 3400
34 LEARN HOW TO WRITE 3333
35 LEARN HOW TO MANAGE 3262
36 LEARN HOW TO WORK 3186
37 KNOW HOW TO WRITE 3178
38 LEARN HOW TO DRAW 3111
39 LEARN HOW TO READ 3048
40 KNOWS HOW TO USE 3035
41 LEARN HOW TO APPLY 2982
42 KNOWS HOW TO GET 2890
43 KNOW WHERE TO GET 2873
44 KNOW HOW TO PUT 2779
45 KNOWING WHAT TO EXPECT 2775
46 LEARNED HOW TO MAKE 2769
47 LEARN HOW TO SET 2722
48 IS HOW TO GET 2657
49 KNOW HOW TO GO 2584
50 LEARNING HOW TO PLAY 2513
51 LEARNED HOW TO USE 2510
52 KNOW HOW TO SET 2448
53 KNOW HOW TO HELP 2428
54 KNOW HOW TO BUILD 2381
55 KNOW HOW TO CHANGE 2359
56 SHOWS HOW TO USE 2358
57 LEARN HOW TO BECOME 2306
58 LEARN HOW TO DEAL 2289
59 ‘S HOW TO GET 2288
60 KNOW HOW TO KEEP 2273
61 KNOWING HOW TO USE 2214
62 KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT 2209
63 IS HOW TO MAKE 2168
64 LEARN HOW TO IDENTIFY 2166
65 KNOW HOW TO MANAGE 2062
66 KNOW HOW TO TELL 2050
67 KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN 2015
68 KNOW WHERE TO TURN 2009
69 EXPLAINS HOW TO USE 1987
70 KNOW WHEN TO STOP 1983
71 KNOW HOW TO RESPOND 1926
72 LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP 1924
73 LEARN HOW TO ADD 1920
74 ‘S HOW TO MAKE 1904
75 KNOW WHAT TO TELL 1815
76 LEARN HOW TO FIND 1815
77 EXPLAIN HOW TO USE 1772
78 LEARN HOW TO COOK 1768
79 KNOW HOW TO SAY 1751
80 SEE HOW TO GET 1733
81 KNOW HOW TO START 1717
82 KNOW HOW TO TREAT 1700
83 SEE HOW TO USE 1672
84 KNOW HOW TO SOLVE 1666
85 KNOW HOW TO COOK 1648
86 LEARN HOW TO HANDLE 1619
87 WONDERING HOW TO GET 1586
88 SEE HOW TO MAKE 1583
89 LEARN HOW TO PREPARE 1571
90 LEARN HOW TO CONTROL 1559
91 KNEW HOW TO MAKE 1553
92 KNOW WHERE TO PUT 1538
93 KNOW HOW TO TURN 1526
94 KNOW HOW TO RUN 1517
95 KNOW HOW TO DRIVE 1482
96 LEARN HOW TO LIVE 1479
97 SHOW HOW TO USE 1460
98 KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE 1433
99 KNOW HOW TO ANSWER 1411
100 KNOW HOW TO REACT 1409


A2:

build, explain, set, turn

B1:

create, expect, handle, manage

B2:
deal