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how come?

This page is about the conversational phrase how come?.

Meaning: You can say this if you want to know why something's happened, or why a situation exists.

For example:

  • "Tomorrow's meeting has been cancelled."
    "Really? How come?"
    "Arthur said he can't make it."

  • "I'm quitting my job."
    "How come? I thought you liked it."

Quick Quiz:

You can say "How come?" if you want to know

a. the schedule for something

b. the location of something

c. the reason for something

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Contributor: Matt Errey