How is it that, as in How come you're not attending the conference? Sometimes how come follows a statement and asks the question “why” or “in what way,” as in You're not going? How come? The related phrase how so? functions the same way, as in You say she's changed her mind—how so? How come is short for how did it come about that and dates from the mid-1800s; how so, short for how is it so or how is it that , dates from about 1300.
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How to use how come? in a sentence
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bush was flooded with questions about whether gay marriage could possibly come to the Sunshine State.
These generally come from the outside, from cultural pressures and messages.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But there is an underlying feeling that the worst is yet to come.
My agent at the time sent that tape to SNL and then they asked me to come in for an audition.
And suddenly, we were able to come up with all these scenes for it.
In their shelter, Brion and Ulv crouched low and wondered why the attack didn't come.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
Babylas raised his pale face; he knew what was coming; it had come so many times before.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
He reached forward and took her hands, and if Mrs. Vivian had come in she would have seen him kneeling at her daughter's feet.Confidence|Henry James
Vicars' wives had come and gone, but all had submitted, some after a brief struggle, to old Mrs. Wurzel's sway.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
This wasn't at all what he meant to say, and it sounded very ridiculous; but somehow the words wouldn't come straight.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl