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    How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Hi all. In this video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqxnaktzTAw

    There is following sentence:
    How come you always want to do something good for others?

    It's Present Simple Tense.

    Why it isn't -> How come do you always want to do something good for others?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Question for Qusetion in PS

    That's a good question. The answer is: "how come" is informal, and we do not use an auxiliary after it. Think of it as already having an auxiliary built into it.

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    You can think of How come as substituting for Why is it that.

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    I'm not a native speaker but I think the explanation is simple:

    How come is a direct question which needs to be followed by an indirect question, which uses the word order of a declaratory sentence. Indirect question is best illustrated by an example:
    Could you tell me why you like cars? The part in bold is an indirect question. The underlined portion is a direct question.
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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Enchanter, please read this extract from the forum Posting Guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.

    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Enchanter, please read this extract from the forum Posting Guidelines:


    You are welcome to answer questions posted in the Ask a Teacher forum as long as your suggestions, help, and advice reflect a good understanding of the English language.

    If you are not a teacher, you will need to state that clearly in your post.
    I actually am an English teacher and I stated at the top of my post that I am not a native speaker. So I'm not sure what your problem is.

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanter View Post
    I'm not a native speak but I think the explanation is simple:

    How come is a direct question which needs to be followed by an indirect question, which uses the word order of a declaratory sentence. Indirect question is best illustrated by an example:
    Could you tell me why you like cars? The part in bold is an indirect question. The underlined portion is a direct question.
    That's not right.

    You can't say How come why you like cars?

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    That's not right.

    You can't say How come why you like cars?
    Of course, but I didn't say that. Read my post again, perhaps, to understand why and how I used the example. It was used to illustrate what indirect question is and that is uses special word order. And I also said I think it is a indirect question after how come. That means that I wasn't sure and it was just my hypothesis and also, of course, that I might be wrong.

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    Re: How come you always want to do something good for others?

    Quote Originally Posted by Enchanter View Post
    I actually am an English teacher and I stated at the top of my post that I am not a native speaker. So I'm not sure what your problem is.
    If you are an English teacher, describing yourself as 'Other' is misleading.

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