0-15. How come you’re late?


Repeat after the tutor. 

  • How come nobody is here?
  • How come you are not working?
  • How come you are always late?
  • How come we are not happy?
  • How come we are not rich?
  • How come you work every day?
  • How come you lie to me again?
  • How come he moved to Hollywood?
  • How come they don’t care?
  • How come they don’t know you?
  • How come he doesn’t thank you?
  • How come you didn’t help me?
  • How come you didn’t call me?
  • How come she didn’t come?
  • How come we didn’t know?


Here are some grammar tips. 


Go over the following vocabulary and expressions with your tutor. Use the illustration above if needed.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
machine (n) an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task
e.g. How come a machine is now taking the place of my job?
marry (v) When two people get married or marry , they legally become partners in a special ceremony
e.g. How come my sister will marry before me, even though she is younger?
nature (n)  the physical world and everything in it (such as plants, animals, mountains, oceans, stars, etc.)
e.g. How come humans are destroying nature?
official (adj) relating to an authority or public body and its duties, actions, and responsibilities.
e.g. How come the Queen of England is the official head of Canada?
orbit (n) the curved path of a celestial object or spacecraft around a star, planet, or moon
e.g. How come the earth is part of the sun’s orbit?
party (n) a social gathering of invited guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment
e.g. How come I wasn’t invited to the party?
quake (v) (especially of the earth) shake or tremble.
e.g. How come I didn’t hear the earth quake?
rare (adj) (of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often.
e.g. How come the rare diamonds are so expensive?
record (n) Document that memorializes and provides objective evidence of activities performed, events occurred, results achieved, or statements made
e.g.How come you did not record the meeting?
repair (v) to fix or mend (a thing suffering from damage or a fault)
e.g. How come you could not repair the damages on my car?


Go over the following exercise with your tutors. 

  1. Make a sentence.
    1. you / catch / how / the / come / police / did /not
    2. food / tonight / how / dinner / come / is / there / no / for
    3. qualify / did / how / soccer / come / the / did / team / not
    4. everyone / come / left / office / so / how / early / the
    5. blue / is / how / the / come / sky 
  2. Correct the following sentences. 
    1. How came the stars twinkle in the sky?
    2. How come elephants are sew big?
    3. How come the train are always late?
    4. How come she never know the answer?
    5. How come some mushrooms is poisonous? 
  3. Answer the following questions.
    1. How come you decided to start studying English? 
    2. How come the Internet cuts out sometimes?
    3. How come weather is so unpredictable these days?
  4. (Homework) Write a paragraph.
    1. Write 10 sentences using the grammar you learned today.
    2. ‘How come’ is often used in the same context as ‘will’. Can you explain the difference between them? Which one is better English?
    3. Practice: imagine you got a call from a friend who was taken to the police station! Think of three ‘how come’ questions you would first want to ask. 


Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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