How to say How Come in French [+8 Examples]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say how come in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say how come in French
  • how the questions are used in French sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say how come in French
  • how to download Anki files for how to say how come in French

Please refer to the French B2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of French B2.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say how come in French

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How come in French

If you want to say “how come?” in French, then you can use the following constructions:

  • how come? = comment ça se fait?

Je pense qu’elle est triste. Comment ça se fait ?

I think that she is sad. How come ?

This method is used in informal situations.

  • how come? = / comment cela se fait-il ?

Je pense qu’elle est triste. Comment cela se fait-il ?

I think that she is sad. How come ?

This method is used in formal situation.

You can also tell that it is more formal by the fact that there is an inversion in the question.

How come [action/thing]?

You can also use “how come?” when you want to refer to a certain action or thing.

  • how come [action/thing]? = comment ça se fait que…?

Comment ça se fait que tu ne dormes pas encore ?

How come you’re not asleep yet?

Comment ça se fait que tu parles si bien français ?

How come you know French so well?

  • how come [action/thing]? = comment se fait-il que … ?

Comment se fait-il que vous soyez toujours si énergique ?

How come you’re always so energetic?

Comment se fait-il que tu saches tout ça ?

How come you know all this?

Comment se fait-il que nous soyons différents ?

How come we’re different?

Comment se fait-il que le ciel soit bleu ?

How come the sky is blue?

You can see that now there’s a que at the end of the construction.

Please note that you have to use the subjonctif with this construction.

Example Sentences on How come in French

The final section of this lesson on how come in French is about seeing the questions in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say how come in French through examples.

Here you can find all of the sentences used in the previous chapter, neatly organised in one place.

Je pense qu’elle est triste. Comment ça se fait ?

I think that she is sad. How come ?

Je pense qu’elle est triste. Comment cela se fait-il ?

I think that she is sad. How come ?

Comment ça se fait que tu ne dormes pas encore ?

How come you’re not asleep yet?

Comment ça se fait que tu parles si bien français ?

How come you know French so well?

Comment se fait-il que vous soyez toujours si énergique ?

How come you’re always so energetic?

Comment se fait-il que tu saches tout ça ?

How come you know all this?

Comment se fait-il que nous soyons différents ?

How come we’re different?

Comment se fait-il que le ciel soit bleu ?

How come the sky is blue?

Quiz Yourself on How come in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How come in French

It is important to do the Anki exercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French B2 you can practice every French B2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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