How come

We use how come in place of why in a conversation. Here are some examples:

  • George: I can’t go to Elaine’s party tomorrow.
  • Jerry: How come?
  • George: Because I have to work late.

Here’s another example:

  • Dan: Would you like some more coffee?
  • Jenny: No thanks. I’m trying to cut down.
  • Dan: How come?
  • Jenny: Because my doctor said too much coffee is not good for my stomach.

We also use how come in place of why in a question. The English grammar for a usual why question is Why + is/are/do/does (etc) + subject + verb/object. The grammar pattern with how come is easy. Just use how come + sentence. Have a look at these examples:

  • Why is George late?
  • How come George is late?
  • Why did Jack miss the party?
  • How come Jack missed the party?
  • Why are you going there?
  • How come you are going there?

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