Sunday, March 13, 2016

How did this happen?

On Sunday's such an article appears on the newspaper. It's fun. As you know we start to study English as a subject when we become hi the fifth grade at elementary school . However we have little chance to hear or see spoken English. So this article is fun.

I have a question. 
I know the answer of Q1 is How did this happen?

However many Japanese people must want to translate the Japanese in English "why did this  happen?"

What difference are there?

Well I've just finished cooking pre-cooked dishes for this coming week.
Yesterday I got lots of strawberries from my friend. So I made strawberry syrup. It will be mature in two weeks.


Rosa said...

I think there is no real difference between the two questions ("How did this happen?" and "Why did this happen?"). Most native speakers (American English) will use both. But to me, "How did this happen?" is slightly casual. "Why did this happen?" is slightly formal.

I asked my friend. He said:

"How did this happen?" = asks about the mechanism
"Why did this happen?" = asks about purpose or intention (cause)


Mieko said...

thanks for your comment, Rosa.
The answer "mechanism" is actually from a "man", isn't it?

Marta Goebel said...

I agree with Rosa. "How" implies the procedure, for example, " How to make a cake" would provide step by step instructions. "Why" implies a reason for doing something, so foe example, "Why are you making a cake?", "It's for my Mom's birthday".

Mieko said...

Thanks for your comments. I'm glad that you came from my fotlog blog. Actually the sight seems to have stopped running the site.