What does ‘come’ mean?
The word ‘come’ can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to move towards, reach a certain point and to happen.
- Come here, I want to show you something. (move towards)
- The grass comes up to my hips. (reach a certain point)
- Opportunities like this don’t come that often. (produce a state)
Come is an irregular verb. The past tense is came and the past participle is come.
picture phrasal verbs with come
Let’s see some picture phrasal verbs with come in more detail with real life examples.
phrasal verbs with come list
Phrasal verbs with ‘come’ include:
- Come about
meaning – happen, occur, take place
example – The fight came about because Riley insulted Andy’s sister
- Come across
meaning – find something by accident, the way other people see you
example – Jamie comes across as arrogant, but he is actually quiet and shy.
- Come along
meaning – go with someone, hurry
example – Come along! If we don’t leave now, we will miss the start.
- Come apart
meaning – break into pieces
example – My marriage is coming apart, I don’t think I can save it.
- Come around/round
meaning – wake after being unconscious, go to/invite someone to your house
example – Alice came around last night; we had a girly night.
- Come back
meaning – return
example – My pet budgie flew away, I hope it comes back.
- Come by
meaning – visit someone
example – I came by your flat last night, but you weren’t in.
- Come down
meaning – fall from the sky, visit someone
example – If you’re in the area at the weekend, come down mine for a cuppa.
- Come down with
meaning – become sick
example – I`ve come down with chicken pox, the doctor said I’ll have to stay at home for a week.
- Come forward
meaning – volunteer yourself or information, take a step
example – If anyone has any information about the robbery, please come forward.
- Come from
meaning – originate
example – The new girl at work comes from Tanzania.
- Come in
meaning – enter a building
example – I came in late last night and woke up all my housemates.
- Come off
meaning – part of something breaks off
example – I’ve stuck on some fake eyelashes. I hope they don’t come off during the night.
- Come on
meaning – to encourage/hurry, start functioning
example – The light comes on when you take a picture.
- Come out
meaning – be revealed/released, disappear
example – The new Michael Jackson album is coming out tomorrow.
- Come over
meaning – visit someone’s house or feel strange/different
example – Do you want to come over tonight and watch Stranger Things?
- Come through
meaning – succeed
example – We`ve come through with only 2 faults.
- Come to
meaning – become conscious
example – He should come to within 2 hours after the operation.
- Come up
meaning – happen/appear
example – How many negative points came up at the meeting?
Now it’s time to put what you’ve learnt to the test with this speaking challenge.
idioms with verbs – COME
Did you know that many idiomatic expressions (idioms) in English also contain a lot of verbs? Just like phrasal verbs, idioms are a major part of the English language (slang in particular). They are used constantly amongst native English speakers and are handy to know and understand.
Now you’ve learnt all the phrasal verbs with come, how about learning the idioms with come too?
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