Word study: Come

The word come can be used in different meanings. Here are some of the definitions and examples when the verb is used in different situations:

a) to approach or move toward a particular person or place: Don’t come any closer!

b) to arrive by movement or in the course of progress: The train from Boston is coming.

c) to approach or arrive in time, in succession, etc: Christmas comes once a year.

d) to extend, to reach: The dress comes to her knees.

There are many phrases formed with the verb come, such as:

Phrasal verb Meaning
come about happen
come across meet accidentally
come again used as a request to repeat a statement
come along to accompany someone; to proceed, develop or advance
come around/round to revive, to recover consciousness
come undone (laces or rope) become untied

Idiomatic English: “Come”

Come and go – to occur briefly or suddenly but never for a long time.

He does not live here anymore, he comes and goes.

Come down on the side of – to support.

I want to come down on the side of truth and justice.

Come off – (informal) to happen; occur

Her speech came off very well.


Now try writing your own sentences with the word “come.”


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