[A] Behind the flat job figures are changes in how we live now (The Age)
Can’t how in above sentence have the function of the fused [free] relative? I mean, can the how have the meaning of ‘the way that’ or ‘the way in which’? A Korean English-grammar book says the how in the next sentence has the fused relative function: [B] Do it how you can.
But I don’t find the explanation in CGEL, and it even says the relative word, how, hardly occurs in fused relatives and it is quite marginal. (CGEL,p.1076).
So I'm confused if I can use this expression: [C] ‘The important thing is how we live’, intending to say ‘The important thing is the way in which we live’ Can I or is it only meaning ‘The important thing is in what way we live’?