And this is how to get pregnant is

this is how is to get pregnant(I don't think so)


And this is what to get pregnant is like

Do they have the same meaning?

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    The first two sentences in your post are not grammatical. Therefore it is basically impossible to answer your question, since we do not know what you are asking. – user6951 Nov 14 '14 at 16:17
  • @CarSmack: I don't find, for example, "That's just how it is" ungrammatical. How is OP's first version syntactically/grammatically any different? The second OP himself identifies as unacceptable. The third is also fine (assuming we all accept "to get pregnant" as a valid alternative to "getting pregnant" here). – FumbleFingers Nov 14 '14 at 17:52
  • @Gabriel: What is "this"? Is it an account of what the experience off getting pregnant is like (a "description")? Or is it a "prescription" consisting of advice on how to successfully conceive? Without that information, the question is "Unclear". – FumbleFingers Nov 14 '14 at 17:56
  • @FumbleFingers I get That's just how it is. So I guess the syntax matches. Still I would say OPs #1 is not idiomatic, at least to some. I don't think just any noun phrase (especially with infinitive?) can be substituted for it in the construction And this is how it is and the sentence be idiomatic. Thanks for pointing out the workable example. – user6951 Nov 15 '14 at 6:27
  • @CarSmack: Yeah - well I did say assuming we accept an infinitive as the target of "how" here. Mostly we'd use a gerund today (we do really want an NP there), but gerunds were relatively uncommon a century or two ago. Offhand I don't know whether or how Victorians would have referenced a verb form in such constructions. – FumbleFingers Nov 15 '14 at 13:18

"And this is how to get pregnant is" - this almost sounds like you are trying to say

And, this is how to get pregnant.

which may not be appropriate for polite or unknown company. :)

However, for this first sentence, it sounds like you were really trying to say

This is how it is to get pregnant,

which is OK, but the focus here is on the act of getting pregnant which may not be what you are trying to say.

Your second sentence, it sounds like you are trying to say

This is what getting pregnant is like.

which is better, if you are focusing on the experience or fact of pregnancy itself.

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    Yeah, this sentence should really be avoided in a formal setting, "And, this is how to get pregnant." It almost sounds as if it will be followed with a physical demonstration. – David Nov 14 '14 at 16:47
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    Consider changing your verb from to get to to be to focus on the pregnancy part rather than the precipitating event. This is what being pregnant is like. – Adam Nov 14 '14 at 17:55
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    For some reason it seems more natural to me to say "This is what it's like to be pregnant." – Hellion Nov 14 '14 at 18:03

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