Let me try to solve the confusion between “What do you think about this book?” and “How do you think about this book?”
People use both of these the same way, for the same meaning.
But, let’s try to be sophisticated and ask: Which one is REALLY correct?
We can answer this by using grammatical structure.
“What” in a question always stands for a noun (or a noun equivalent). Example: What is this? Answer: This is a book. “What” in the question is the equivalent of the noun “book” in the answer.
Now look at “What you do think about this book?” Answer: I think about this book… We CANNOT add a noun (for “what”) to this answer, can we?
On the other hand, “how” stands for a status, a state of affair, a condition. Example: How do you feel about her. Answer: About her, I feel very unhappy. “Very unhappy” is the state of mind about her.
So, how do you think about this book? Answer: I think about this book that it is outstanding. “It is outstanding” is a statement about the status or condition of the book.
Switch the words around a little, to make the reading more natural: About this book, I think that it is outstanding.
So, technically, “How do you think about…” is correct and “what do you think about…” is incorrect.
But people use both of them equally. So they both may be considered correct by usage. But “how do you think about…” is more sophisticated English.
Some different examples:
What do you think he will do?
What do you think this sentence means?
What do you think mother will say about this?
How do you think he will handle this issue?
How do you think the election will go?
We have the question on Mr. Pham Minh Ha’c proposal from yesterday. Thanks, Stone, for answering. We can continue discussing this important issue.
Another matter is argument on the Internet. Most of the time, I feel that arguments in Internet forums sound like childish bickering. Everyone talks past each other and none makes much sense.
How do you feel about Internet discussion in general?
We have a bunch of Bee Gees songs chi Hue has just posted for translation. If you translate several songs, it may be better to post all of them into one post, instead of spreading them out into too many posts. Thanks a million.
That’s it for today. Have a great day!