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    #1

    How come...?

    Hey,
    Is this is a common and grammatically correct sentence?
    How come he can stay here?

    Is it a short form of:
    How does it come he can stay here?


    I've never heard a sentence like the 2nd one yet...

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: How come...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hey,
    Is this is a common and grammatically correct sentence?
    How come he can stay here?

    Is it a short form of:
    How does it come he can stay here?


    I've never heard a sentence like the 2nd one yet...

    Cheers!
    As far as I'm concerned;
    How come can he stay here?
    or
    I can't understand how come he can stay here.

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    #3

    Re: How come...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hey,
    Is this is a common and grammatically correct sentence?
    How come he can stay here?

    Is it a short form of:
    How does it come he can stay here?


    I've never heard a sentence like the 2nd one yet...

    Cheers!
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Nightmare.

    (1) I hope that you had a nice vacation.

    (2) Yes, you seem to be correct: your sentence is an example

    of ellipsis.

    (3) Here is a similar example from the famous grammar book written

    by Professor Quirk and colleagues:

    How come you're so late?

    =

    How does it come about that you're so late?

    (4) As you said, people do not speak like that.

    Thank you

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