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Dear Ted:

When do you use "How come....."?

Would you please give me some examples?

Thank you

Sincerely,

Paolo

Answer
Dear Paolo:

"How come" is a poor idiom that essentially means "Why?"

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/is-how-come-proper-english.aspx

EXAMPLE:

How come you are sitting here?  This idiomatic question is acceptable in certain areas of the United States.  It is, however, labeled as "colloquial" and "informal."

The correct question is this:  WHY are you sitting here?

I would avoid using "how come," Paolo.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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