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how you can tell the difference #1 (permalink) Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:20 am   how you can tell the difference
 

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ESL/EFL Test #123 "English tense explanations", question 5

The problem is ......... you can tell the difference

(a) what
(b) how
(c) which
(d) where

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #123 "English tense explanations", answer 5

The problem is how you can tell the difference

Correct answer: (b) how
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Why the answer is not "what"?
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how you can tell the difference #2 (permalink) Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:20 am   how you can tell the difference
 

how = in what way or by what means/manner:
The problem is how (in what way) can you tell the difference? This sentence works.

what - cannot work in the space alone. You would need to write 'to what extent'
The problem is to what extent you can tell the difference? This sentence has a different meaning from the original.
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