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Scots speakers do not make the same distinction between Why? and How? as South British English speakers, and this carries over into Scottish English. Whit wey (fit wey in the North-East) or hoo (foo in the North-East) are used as equivalent of both English Why? and How?: Whit wey did ye bring yer jaicket? Hoo did ye pit yer wellies oan, and this a grand day? Hoo did ye no tell me?

Why? may also be used in Scots; Why not? may be translated into Scots as Why no?, Why for no? or Hoo no?

Whitna (North-East fitna) can be used as equivalent of English 'what kind of?': Whitna sweeties ye wantin?

Wha? or Whae? is the equivalent of English Who?