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    How It works

    I saw that phrase in C# Reference and I was a little abashed, because they ommited the aux. verb does: It must be "How does it work".
    Maybe, someone knows why they cut off the aux. verb?

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    Re: How It works

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuvak
    I saw that phrase in C# Reference and I was a little abashed, because they ommited the aux. verb does: It must be "How does it work".
    Maybe, someone knows why they cut off the aux. verb?
    To make it sound better. OK, that's a bad explanation!
    "How it works" is usually how you phrase it when it's a title or a heading, like in the book you described. You COULD use the full "how does it work" in such cases, but it sounds a bit clunky. I don't really know how to explain it in a logical fashion -- I'm sorry. In newspaper headlines and titles of things, a lot of times they'll omit parts of the "proper" English wording -- perhaps to save room or just to make it roll of the tongue easier. Here are a couple examples; maybe they'll make it a bit clearer?
    "Bush to Mexico: 'No Visas Needed' "
    "Man Shoots Four; Fifth Missing"

    All of this of course, makes for some funny, unintentional sentences (those "extra" words were there for a reason after all). Here are a coupled google produced:
    "Iraqi Head Seeks Arms"
    "Milk drinkers are turning to powder"

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    I cannot imagine hearing or reading "how does it work" and not taking it as a question missing a question mark. "How it works" could never be a question, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-Monkey
    I cannot imagine hearing or reading "how does it work" and not taking it as a question missing a question mark. "How it works" could never be a question, though.
    Tru dat, homey. So essentially, ignore my lengthy answer and read these 2 sentences...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-Monkey
    I cannot imagine hearing or reading "how does it work" and not taking it as a question missing a question mark. "How it works" could never be a question, though.
    How does it work?

    Is the sort of heading you'd have in a very dumbed down thing

    How it works

    Is less dumbed down.

    How is works is a contraction of "This is how it works"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barmaley
    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-Monkey
    I cannot imagine hearing or reading "how does it work" and not taking it as a question missing a question mark. "How it works" could never be a question, though.
    Tru dat, homey. So essentially, ignore my lengthy answer and read these 2 sentences...
    Oh, no, your answer was useful too .
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