How come or why come
Posted by R. Berg on February 20, 2005
In Reply to: How come or why come posted by Ez Rider on February 20, 2005
: My friends an I had an argument the other day on whether it is appropriate to use "why come" in sentences where it might sound more appropriate than "how come" .
: Does anyone know for sure if it is grammatically correct to do that?
I haven't heard "why come." The traditional phrase is "how come." It makes sense as a shortened form of questions like "How did it come to be that Antarctica is covered with ice?"