What has $4$ letters, sometimes $9$ letters, always $6$ letters and never $5$ letters. How?

Hint: $4$ letters


Well; for a start:

The word "what" itself has four letters, the word "sometimes" has nine, the word "always" has six letters and the word "never" has five. So...

What has $4$ letters, sometimes $9$ letters, always $6$ letters and never $5$ letters. How? $3$ letters!
* worth noting that this was entirely @WAF in the comments.

  • $\begingroup$ You got the trick, but how? $\endgroup$ Jan 1 '19 at 6:54
  • $\begingroup$ Think literally $\endgroup$ Jan 1 '19 at 6:59
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    $\begingroup$ Maybe just apply the same rule to the bold word as well. $\endgroup$
    – WAF
    Jan 1 '19 at 7:05
  • $\begingroup$ @WAF good thought — why didn't I think of that? If it's correct, I owe you. $\endgroup$
    – user46002
    Jan 1 '19 at 7:34
  • $\begingroup$ Heh. It's all yours! Always happy to collaborate. $\endgroup$
    – WAF
    Jan 2 '19 at 6:12

I kind of second Hugh's answer, but with a slight addition. What's in the question's body isn't really a question. It's a statement. What has 4 letters, sometimes 9 letters, always 6 letters and never 5 letters. It's just a count of the number of letters in each word succeeding the comma. This is like a guide/legend to answer the real question.

The real question

lies in the title ==> But, how is this possible?

The answer:

Taking the prototype in the statement given above... this has 4 letters. That is how THIS is possible. In other words... the answer to How is THIS possible?

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    $\begingroup$ Ha, lol. I should havs got that. Well done $\endgroup$
    – user46002
    Jan 1 '19 at 15:21
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    $\begingroup$ Ummm... It was actually about "How"... A really good conclusion but the fact that the title wasn't allowing me less than 15 characters. I am sorry $\endgroup$ Jan 1 '19 at 16:23
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    $\begingroup$ "How?" is a question. it implies How about "how"? $\endgroup$
    – 41686d6564
    Jan 2 '19 at 7:37
  • $\begingroup$ I get it now @MohammadZuhairKhan. I took the title in the literal way.. good one though $\endgroup$ Jan 3 '19 at 10:45

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