how/why should I/we know

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of how/why should I/we know

used to say that one does not know the answer to a question and is surprised to be asked it
  • "Where did they go?" "How should 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

why play
  1. : for what cause, reason, or purpose

  1. : the cause, reason, or purpose for which

  2. : for which : on account of which

  1. : reason, cause

  2. : a baffling problem : enigma

  1. used to express mild surprise, hesitation, approval, disapproval, or impatience

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

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

we play
  1. : I and the rest of a group that includes me : you and I : you and I and another or others : I and another or others not including you — compare i, our, ours, us

  2. : i:1

  3. : you

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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