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    #1

    Question how come

    please make me to know meaing and usage of

    1.how come
    2.search me
    3.i wonder

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    #2

    Re: how come

    Quote Originally Posted by ramaraj View Post
    please make me to know meaing and usage of

    1.how come
    2.search me
    3.i wonder
    1. Why
    2. I don't know
    3. -- This is a normal phrase with no hidden meaning.

    Please remember to use capital letters and punctuation.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: how come

    Quote Originally Posted by ramaraj View Post
    please make me to know meaing and usage of ...
    Please tell me the meaning and usage of ...
    Please help me [to] understand the meaning and usage ...

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    #4

    Re: how come

    I don't think that "How come..." always means "Why..." though that's the most frequent meaning.

    How come you didn't go to the cinema last night?
    Why didn't you go to the cinema last night?

    How come he's so rich?
    How did it happen (that he's so rich)?
    How did he get so much money?

    How come your clothes are all over the floor?
    How did your clothes get to be all over the floor?

    In the last two examples, I wouldn't say "Why is he so rich?" or "Why are your clothes all over the floor?"

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    #5

    Re: how come

    In the last two examples, I wouldn't say "Why is he so rich?" or "Why are your clothes all over the floor?"
    I would.

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    #6

    Re: how come

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would.
    Fair enough!

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    #7

    Re: how come

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I would.
    I might say that too.

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    #8

    Re: how come

    I've been thinking more about this and there are definitely certain contexts where I wouldn't use it as a replacement for "Why?"

    - I have a ticket to the Rolling Stones concert tonight!
    - How come?
    - Oh, a friend gave it to me.

    - I have a ticket to the Rolling Stones concert tonight!
    - Why?
    - Because I've always wanted to see them live.


    To me, those are two different questions, eliciting two different answers.

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    #9

    Re: how come

    I think the usage of "how come" is limited to those cases where there is some (sometimes phony) astonishment or puzzlement involved.

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