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DEFINITION: There are many different ways to ask a how question word. When making a how-question, it usually follows a [how + adj/adv] pattern and asks about specific characteristics, qualities, quantities, etc.


Also, the most common pattern when answering a how-question is [pronoun + verb].

  • How are you? I am...
  • How old is Tom? He is...
  • How is the weather? It is...
  • How many pens do you have? I have...


NOTES: Japan's JHS public school English textbooks spread the 'how' question word throughout all three grades instead of teaching all the various forms of 'how' at one time (how much, how long, etc,). The textbooks usually hook the How-Question into another grammar point: "How many CDs do you have?" "How long have you played the piano?"

Englipedia has gone through all the textbooks and returned the 'how' questions back onto one page.
  • How... (どうような?) Asks about a condition or quality: How was your test?
  • How... (どうように?or どうやって?) Asks about manner: How does this machine work?
  • How long... (どれくらい長い?) Asks about degree length (time or space): How long is this pencil?
  • How many + 数えられる名詞... (いくつの+名詞?) Asks about countable quantities: How many CDs do you have?
  • How much + 数えられない名詞... (どれくらいの+名詞?) Asks about uncountable quantities: How much money do you have?
  • How much... (いくら?) Asks about degree of price: How much is the pencil?
  • How old... (何歳? ) Asks about degree of age: How old are you?
  • How tall... (どれくらい背が高い?) Asks about degree of height: How tall are you?
  • How high... (どれくらい高い?) Asks about height of object: How high is Mt. Fuji?


How can I/we get to...
(Located in Directions)


How do you...

Super Team Quiz: Teams quiz each other on their knowledge of English for points in this fun, motivational speaking game.

How is...

How's the Weather: Students learn weather vocabulary and then interview each other in this information gap activity.
Time And Weather: An information gap game where students ask each other the time and weather in different parts of the world.

How long...

(Also, try Present Perfect)

How Long Bingo: Students play Bingo but instead of a teacher reading out numbers, the students ask each other, "How long have you...?" The answer is the number they must circle.
How Long Board Game: This is a standard board game style game where students land on a square ask another student a question beginning with "How long...?"
Long Long Board Game: The title of this activity is the result of mixing two Englipedia activities together: Long Long Time and How Long Board Game. Students first practice the grammar point by completing a simple worksheet. Then, they proceed to do a mini-interview on their neighbor. Next, partnering up with their neighbor, they play a simple but fun board game. Finally, they write a few sentences in their notebook.
Long Long Time: Students work in groups to formulate sentences about a series of pictures.

How many...

(Also, try Noun, Plurals)

Communication Bingo: A variation on bingo where students are required to communicate to get their squares crossed off.


How Many Drawing?: Students practice the grammar using a race game activity.


How Many Guesses: Students practice speaking with a set dialogue and try to guess their classmates' magic numbers.


How Many Monsters: Students practice asking "How many?" and review body parts by drawing monsters.


How Many Pencils Do You Have: Students write "I have ~ pencils/erasers/etc" sentences. Then ask each other "How many ~ do you have?" questions


I Doubt It: Similar to the game Bull$hit, students use a deck of cards to ask each other how many of a certain card they have.


Janken Swap: A card game where students janken and win cards from their opponents.


Know Your Friend: Students show off their artistic skill and practice speaking.


Magic S Box: Students learn how to turn a singular noun into its plural form.




Thick As Thieves: Students begin with a certain number of things, and must janken to steal them back! (Designed as a review game for Sunshine Program 4, reviewing I have, how many, and plurality.)

 How much...

(Also try, Polite Language)

I Don't Know: Students learn how to use noun clauses through reading a dialogue and then making their own question and answers.


Price Is Right:Students compete in teams for points by accurately guessing the price of different products presented on a simple PowerPoint.





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