how can someone (do something)?

how can someone (do something)?
used for saying that you think someone’s behaviour is very surprising or very bad

How can anyone believe such nonsense?

How could you be so cruel?

Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing how bad something issynonym
Main entry: how

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  • how could someone (do something)? — how can/could/someone (do something)? spoken phrase used for saying that you think someone’s behaviour is very surprising or very bad How can anyone believe such nonsense? How could you be so cruel? …   Useful english dictionary

  • how can/could — 1 used to show you think that someone has done or said something shocking or wrong “We don t need his help anyway.” “How can you say that?!” [=it is very wrong of you to say that] How could she just walk away from her children like that? 2 used… …   Useful english dictionary

  • someone can't do something for toffee — someone can’t do something for toffee informal old fashioned phrase used for emphasizing how bad someone is at doing something I can’t swim for toffee. Thesaurus: not skilful or ablesynonym Main entry: toffee …   Useful english dictionary

  • someone can't do something for toffee — informal old fashioned used for emphasizing how bad someone is at doing something I can t swim for toffee …   English dictionary

  • how — [ hau ] function word *** How can be used in the following ways: as an adverb (introducing a direct or indirect question): How do you spell your last name? I don t know how the system works. (introducing an EXCLAMATION): How I hate the winter!… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • how — W1S1 [hau] adv, conj [: Old English; Origin: hu] 1.) used to ask or talk about the way in which something happens or is done ▪ How do you spell your name? ▪ How can I help you? ▪ I d like to help in some way, but I m not sure how. ▪ He explained… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • how */*/*/ — UK [haʊ] / US adverb, conjunction Summary: How can be used in the following ways: as an adverb (introducing a direct or indirect question): How do you spell your last name? ♦ I don t know how the system works. (introducing an exclamation): How I… …   English dictionary

  • can — can1 [ weak kən, strong kæn ] modal verb *** Can is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I can speak French. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: Come and help us, if you can. Can does not change its form, so the third… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • can — I strong UK [kæn] / US weak UK [kən] / US modal verb *** Summary: Can is usually followed by an infinitive without to : I can speak French. Sometimes it is used without a following infinitive: Come and help us, if you can. Can does not change its …   English dictionary

  • can — I [[t]kən, STRONG kæn[/t]] MODAL USES ♦ (Can is a modal verb. It is used with the base form of a verb. The form cannot is used in negative statements. The usual spoken form of cannot is can t, pronounced [[t]kɑ͟ːnt, AM kæ̱nt[/t]].) 1) MODAL You… …   English dictionary

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