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    jasonlulu_2000 is offline Senior Member
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    Is this conversation ok?

    ---Why, the door is still open.
    ---How come? Im pretty sure I remembered to lock it.

    Is this dialogue natural from a native's point of view?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: Is this conversation ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    ---Why, the door is still open.
    ---How come? I’m pretty sure I remembered to lock it.

    Is this dialogue natural from a native's point of view?
    No. Affirmative statements beginning with why have not been standard for many years.

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    Re: Is this conversation ok?

    Also, the second speaker would not say "How come?", because the first speaker obviously doesn't know why.

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    Re: Is this conversation ok?

    ---The door is still open.
    ---How come? I’m pretty sure I remembered to lock it.

    What about this time?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason

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    Re: Is this conversation ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    ---The door is still open.
    ---How come? I’m pretty sure I remembered to lock it.

    What about this time?

    Thanks for your help!

    Jason
    Yes, that's more natural.

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