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onsen
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 6:24:36 PM
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Hello,

Quote:
Here’s how Stephen Hawking predicted the world will end.

New York Post.


This is the title of an article. Can it be understood in two ways (apart from the contents of the article)?
One: 'how' modifies 'predicted'.
The other: 'how' modifies 'will end'.

Thank you
dave argo
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:10:58 PM

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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:
Here’s how Stephen Hawking predicted the world will end.

New York Post.


This is the title of an article. Can it be understood in two ways (apart from the contents of the article)?
One: 'how' modifies 'predicted'.
The other: 'how' modifies 'will end'.

Thank you


The title is about how the world will end, as predicted by Stephen Hawking, not about how he predicted it.
onsen
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:23:54 PM
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dave argo wrote:

The title is about how the world will end, as predicted by Stephen Hawking, not about how he predicted it.


Thank you very much, dave argo.

Would you please answer, not taking into account the contents of the article, that is, solely paying attention to the title itself, having nothing to do with the article?
palapaguy
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 9:50:36 PM

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Dave Argo is correct.

"Here’s how Stephen Hawking predicted the world will end." In this sentence, "how" means the method by which the world will end. Or what caused it to end. Or by what means it ended. Or it means "Stephan Hawking predicted the world will end by or as a result of ..."

It doesn't mean how he made the prediction.
BobShilling
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:04:20 AM
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onsen wrote:


This is the title of an article. Can it be understood in two ways (apart from the contents of the article)?
One: 'how' modifies 'predicted'.
The other: 'how' modifies 'will end'.


As a subordinating conjunction 'how' does not actually modify anything.

If the article were about )for example) Hawking's dramatic entrance onto the stage in a horse-drawn coach and his vivid use of audio-visual aids, then 'how' would relate to the manner/style of the prediction.

If the article were about the earth being sucked into the sun, then 'how' would relate to the manner/process of the ending of the world.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 5:18:14 AM

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T.S. Eliot predicted it already in 1925 in the end of his poem The Hollow Men:

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.



In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
srirr
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 6:53:47 AM

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I think onsen has a valid point. It can be confusing. Perhaps we are prejudiced, so we are not looking at the other side. If we can change the words but retaining the form, we may get closer to what onsen is asking.

I'll show you how my wife said the mouse jumped.

Am I going to show how she said?
or am I going to show how the mouse jumped?
What can be inferred?

Putting commas in the sentence may make the sentence less ambiguous.

We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
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