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I use the set of words,not very often-"How come?" and "How is it that?" Can both the set of words be used to express same meaning?
Phrase and idiom meaning of the two sentences are nearly same.

                                                                                         How come you are not attending the conference?How is it that you are not attending the conference? Two examples of[1]how come? [2]How is it that? I have formed Three sentences  using the idioms/phrases.                                       

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  • I have posted my answer along with the question.Dictionary meaning of "how" is omitted.So as not to make the question and answer broad. user-26375 – user26375 Jun 21 at 16:26
  • If you already have an answer, then a) don't put it in the question (it was still open when you did that), and b) why did you even ask the question in the first place? – F1Krazy Jun 21 at 21:13
  • @F1Krazy-There is no place for answer now.so I am editing the question.and answer is given as comments.below. user 26375 – user26375 Jun 21 at 21:41
  • @F1Krazy-"how come"?-informal-used to ask the reason for something."i think you owe me some money"?"how come"? Both the uses have nicety,subtlety and hint.phrase and idiom meaning of the two sentences are nearly same.[1]How come you are not attending the conference? [2]How is it that you are not attending the conference? Two examples of[1]How come? [2]How is it that? I have formed three sentences using the idiom,phrase.The answer is complete. user 26375 – user26375 Jun 21 at 21:57
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    Please stop editing this. – Dan Bron Jun 21 at 22:04
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'How come' and 'why' basically have the same meaning, and mainly differ in their use in set phrases and quotes. The nuance is the same for both however, but 'how come' is slightly more informal

How come John isn't coming Why isn't John coming?

Same nuance for both

'How is it that' is often used when expressing frustration at something

E.g. How is it that none of the political parties can agree on Brexit? How is it that noone in this house can flush a toilet!

  • @Sambeaz6-When"what for?" is used? Does it mean"But why?" – user26375 Jul 16 at 15:03

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