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    how come

    Is it a substitute for 'why'? Does it mean the same? My guess is that 'how come' is a bit more surprised. Am I right?
    Can I use 'how come' in response to an irony like 'why' in
    - It's so sad you lost...
    - Then why are you so happy?
    Could I say: 'How come you're so happy, then?'
    Does one put a comma after 'how come'? Is it a collocquial expression?

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    Re: how come

    Quote Originally Posted by mmasny View Post
    Is it a substitute for 'why'? Does it mean the same? My guess is that 'how come' is a bit more surprised. Am I right?
    Can I use 'how come' in response to an irony like 'why' in
    - It's so sad you lost...
    - Then why are you so happy?
    Could I say: 'How come you're so happy, then?'
    Does one put a comma after 'how come'? Is it a collocquial expression?
    Yes, it is a colloquial expression, along with such expressions as "I'm feeling pretty good today." They're not grammatically correct, but you can get away with them in everyday speech. And there's no comma.

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    Re: how come

    But does it mean exactly the same as 'why'?

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