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Hi this is Randall. I think there is a growing trend in the United States. that international students will find it more difficult to get into a university because some universities are raising the entrance requirements and that is due to the fact that some teachers see that international students lack the intense academic training to perform well. So how is this going to affect international students? Number one, it's going to take international students longer to meet the requirements of a TEOFL or IELTS test. Number two, international students will realize that they might need a private tutor to help them with their language skills in preparation for tests and number three, perhaps not all students will be, just like with native speakers, be prepared to reach an education at the university level. I'm not very good at Math and I accept that, and some students might not be ready either. So what do you think?

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Hi this is Randall. One of the questions that students often ask me about learning is what is the secret of the learning process and I think it's much more than just being in the vicinity of where the language is learned. In other words many students come here to the United States and think that just by being around native speakers that they will naturally learn the language and with my own grandmother she lives in the United States for over 80 years and her language skills were limited and so what you have to do is create opportunities and put yourself in situations where you can actually use the language whether be in school whether be outside of school whether be volunteering in the community you just have to do something more.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Spoken English :Sentences starting with ..How come

1. How come you are so late?'
2. How come he can go but I can't?'
3. How come?
4. How come he didn't get a death sentence?
5. How come you say nothing?
6. How Come These 3 Served More Time?
7. How come you are angry?
8. How come the reporters aren't asking that?
9. How come this song "This Land Is Your Land" became known throughout America.

Question:

It's a line I heard in FRIENDS: "how come you guys have never played poker with us?"

I'd like to know why this sentence is not said like this "how come have you guys never played poker with us?"

If I replace HOW COME with a WHY. Should the sentence be "why you guys have never played poker with us?", or "why have you guys never played poker with us?" ?


Explained here :
If you use "why", it should be "Why have you guys never played poker with us?"

However, "how come ... ?" works like "why is it that ... ?", so the parallel is:

"How come you guys have never played poker with us?"

"Why is it that you guys have never played poker with us?"


How come are you going to India? [ INCORRECT]

“How come you are going to India?” or “Why are you going to India?” [CORRECT]



how come is almost never used where formal writing is demanded, as in academic writing, but is frequently used where informality is okay, as in fiction dialogue and speech:

           TOTAL    SPOKEN  FICTION  MAGAZINE  NEWSPAPER   ACADEMIC
HOW COME 2689 882 1318 283 164 42
In American English, at least, how come? is informal, but probably not considered slang.

"How come?" is simply a shortening of "How does it come to be (that)?".

is using how come in the example conversational slang?

Yes, it is part of spoken speech, but very rarely in written speech.

And also, is "How come you are angry?" proper english?

No, "how come" is not proper English. It's colloquial, or informal. The actual phrase is "how came", as in:

How came you to be so angry?


Although it is not improper, to use "how come" it in the place of "why" is an American idiom that some teachers would like to eliminate. It is most often used today in informal speech, even though it appears in educated journals in the 19th century. It is a shortened version of the phrase, "how does it come to be..."



"How come" is believed to be short for "how did it come about that," "how is it that," or "how comes it."




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