1. where does the Pro in iPad Pro come in?
  2. Microphones come in an assortment of configurations to meet a variety of uses.

Does it means to function as some kind of contributor? Or does it mean to become available or be usable?

  • The second...”come in an assortment” means that are available in an assortment.
    – user 66974
    May 13 at 5:53
  • 2
    In the first case it means "what is the position of the syllable in the name". I can't really see why that question would be asked in that case. The question I might ask would be "Where does the Pro in iPro come from?" In the second case it means "exist" or "are available". For instance "This model of car comes in five different colours and three trim levels but Model T Fords only came in black."
    – BoldBen
    May 13 at 5:57
  • Sorry for a dumb question. But because it's literally quoted from a tech review YouTube video. May 13 at 6:09

In "1" the meaning is that of a phrasal verb and it is given in the SOED as follows.

(SOED) (q) be (useful, etc.) as something to have available

Here, the adjective wouldn't be "useful" but something as "explanatory".

  • What is the "Pro" explanatory of in "iPad Pro" (as something to have available)? (I believe that "as something to have available" can be omitted, thus the parentheses.)

In "2" it is as follows; the verb is not reckoned with as a phrasal verb, it is just a regular verb.

(SOED) 6b Of a thing: be available or on sale (in a size, colour, etc. or with certain features etc.). Mid 20th century

This latter definition is confirmed in OALD, 11.

​ [intransitive] (not used in the progressive tenses)
(of goods, products, etc.) to be available or to exist in a particular way
come in something This dress comes in black and red.
come with something The DVD comes with several bonus features.

  • adj. (informal) New cars don't come cheap (= they are expensive).
  • Microphones are available in an assortment of configurations to meet a variety of uses.
  • Answer of Sentence 1 is exactly what I expected and corresponds to Merriam Webster explanation ": to function in an indicated manner". Think I've got a hang of it. So appreciate it. May 13 at 7:26
  • The general construction Where does X come in [regarding Y]? is a loose "container metaphor" usage equivalent to In what way / How [does X relate to Y?] or [...is X part of Y]? May 13 at 14:39
  • What is the "SOED"?
    – Al Maki
    May 13 at 21:00
  • @AlMaki This is explained to some length here.
    – LPH
    May 13 at 23:13
  • "That brightness as perceived by you would be my luminance and be measured in Nits." And I encountered it once again. May 20 at 9:05

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