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    What's the difference between "How come" and Why"?

    Hi Teachers,

    What's the difference between "How come" and "Why"?

    WYH

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    Re: What's the difference between "How come" and Why"?

    I guess when someone uses "how come" , it implies that he/she is surprised.

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    Re: What's the difference between "How come" and Why"?

    To my mind "How come....?" seeks an opinion, while "Why....?" seeks assumed knowledge.

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    Re: What's the difference between "How come" and Why"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Williamyh View Post
    Hi Teachers,

    What's the difference between "How come" and "Why"?

    WYH
    Hi

    Functionally, there is no difference between these two expressions. Both are used to enquire about the reason for something and both are commonly used in all forms of English. (Some word argue that "how come" is more colloqiual or perhaps even slang and should not be used in formal situations, but this is debatable.)

    Grammatically, however, as you probably know, there is a difference in how these two expressions are used.

    As a standard question word, "why" is used with standard question form. In other words, the subject and verb are inverted. For example:

    She was late.
    Why was she late?

    "How come" is not a standard question word and therefore does not require that the subject and verb be inverted. For instance:

    She was late.
    How come she was late?

    I hope this helps.

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