How: "He couldn't see how he and Petunia could... "

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The Dursleys got into bed. Mrs. Dursley fell asleep quickly but Mr. Dursley lay awake, turning it all over in his mind. His last, comforting thought before he fell asleep was that even if the Potters were involved, there was no reason for them to come near him and Mrs. Dursley. The Potters knew very well what he and Petunia thought about them and their kind.... He couldn't see how he and Petunia could get mixed up in anything that might be going on - he yawned and turned over - it couldn't affect them....(Harry Potter)

What’s the meaning of the highlighted sentence?
  • boozer

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    He thought he and Petunia could not become involved in all the things that were probably going on. Does that help? In fact, which part of the sentence is giving you trouble?

    Beryl from Northallerton

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    British English
    'How' usually tells us something about manner. In this case, Dursley couldn't see the manner in which he and Petunia could become involved; he couldn't determine the means by which he and Petunia might become embroiled.
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