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From Teflpedia

How (/haʊ/) is an English wh- adverb referring to manner, i.e. ways.[1]

How functions as a wh- adverb, e.g. in

How are you doing?

How can also function as a adjective, e.g. in

How are you?
How was it?

This usage is rather idiomatic, as strictly, we use what+like for adjectives. But, nevertheless, very common.

How is the only wh-word that is spelt beginning with an H, though it is not the only one which is pronounced beginning with a /h/ sound, as who, whom, whose (and related words like whoever) are too. How used to be written "whow.”[2]

How forms lots of how phrases with gradable adjectives and some adverbs.

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