how should/would one know

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of how should/would one know

used to say that one does not know something and should not be expected to know the answer
  • "Did you ask him where that came from?" "How would he know?!"
  • "Where are the neighbors going? " "How would I know?!"

Word by Word Definitions

how play
  1. : in what manner or way

  2. : for what reason : why

  3. : with what meaning : to what effect

  1. : the way or manner in which

  2. : that

  3. : however, as

  1. : a question about manner or method

  2. : manner, method

should play
  1. : past tense of shall

  2. used in auxiliary function to express condition

  3. used in auxiliary function to express obligation, propriety, or expediency

would play
  1. : past tense of will

  2. : wished, desired

  3. : wish for : want

know play
  1. : to perceive directly : have direct cognition of

  2. : to have understanding of

  3. : to recognize the nature of : discern

  1. : knowledge


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