16 Jun, 2021 12:50 PM

An English question: When do we use "how to"? Is "how to" informal? What is the difference between these two? A) How to start a pc? B) How do we start a pc?

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DI
18 Jun, 2021 06:50 PM

A) would not really have a question mark (but it's possible) : this HEADING would precede instructions 

For example : How to beat Chelsea :-

1. Keep the ball

2. Play safe...

In a newspaper, 'How to beat Chelsea ?' or 'How to beat Chelsea' could be headlines or smaller headlines 

Or parts of an actual conversation or parts of an article

B) is either a heading with a question mark OR a question

For example : 'How do you beat Chelsea ?' as a magazine headline

Or a sentence in a conversation or a sentence in an article

 

Check out PC being a personal computer too

BU
18 Jun, 2021 06:51 PM

strictly speaking, you need to use a verb somewhere to make it a sentence.  This is why most would say "how do you start" instead of "How to start".  How to start can be used as part of a secondary clause (how acts similar to "and" or "but"), or adverbial clause, as in "I want to know how to start..."  Sometimes, people don't say the actual words "I want to know", but they are implied if not declared.  It is only acceptable to omit the main part of the sentence (the actual subject and verb, as in "I want to know") in situations where it is extremely obvious and time or space are important and the use of a fully grammatical sentence is not all that important (like as part of an informal conversation or as input for a google search).