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Come and go

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We use come for movements nearer to the position of the speaker or a point (in space or time) or a result.

  • Come here.
  • Come to me.
  • They came at six o’clock.
  • We argued till we came to blows.

Come can also mean arrive.

  • The visitors haven’t come yet.

We use go for movements to other places.

  • Where are you going?
  • I want to go now.

Come from is used to say where people’s home are or were.

  • She comes from Wales, but her husband is Scottish.
Come true

Come true means 'become real, become a fact'.

  • It was like a dream come true.
  • I will make all your dreams come true.
  • I had always dreamt of becoming a millionaire, but I never thought it would come true.
Come what may

Come what may means 'whatever happens'.

  • Come what may, I will never let you out of my sight again.
Come to

Come to can mean 'happen to'.

  • How did you come to hear of it?

Come + infinitive can also be used to talk about changes in attitude or opinion.

  • You will come to regret your decision.
How come

This structure is used to ask the reason for something.

  • How come you never told me? (= Why didn't you tell me?)

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