If "How to come by magic?" is not grammatical, why "How come by
magic?" is? How explain this difference?
Native speakers have frequenly corrected my questions
worded like "How to stroke a cat?", saying that this
is not a complete sentence [...].
What say you, then, to the following question from
Dunsany's "King of Elfland's Daughter" --
What should they do now, they said?
How come by magic?
Twelve old men without magic.
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