Phrasal Verbs Using To Come Posted by Gary Locke on Jan 13, 2022 in English Grammar, English Language
If you combine a common verb with a preposition or an adverb, you create a verbal phrase. Many of the most typical expressions in English are verbal phrases, and you hear them all the time. We’ve devoted a lot of time to this subject, such as this blog by Carol. But a review of our blog’s history finds no reference to the many examples of phrasal verbs using the verb to come – and there are a lot of them!
The simple verb to come means to move forward or toward a space or place. Along can be a preposition meaning to proceed in a direction, or as an adverb meaning to accompany another. Combined, the phrasal verb come along means to accompany someone (the speaker) to a particular place or direction.
Conjugation and Phrasal Verbs
You conjugate phrasal verbs just like other verbs, so let’s continue with our example of the phrasal verb come along:
Simple Present Tense: I/You/We/They come along – He/She/It comes along
Simple Past Tense: I/You/We/They/He/She/It came along
Simple Present Perfect: I/You/We/They have come along – He/She/It has come along
Simple Past Perfect: I/You/We/They/He/She/It had come along
And so on…
Come along, therefore, can be used like any normal verb, in any form or tense.
Here are some quick examples:
Simple past tense: I came along with my friends to the movie just to have something to do.
Present Perfect: I have been coming along just fine with my English grammar lessons.
Conditional Past: I would have come along with my brother to the library if he had only asked.
Notice that the verb come changes, but the word along remains the same. Whenever a phrasal verb is used as the main verb of a sentence, conjugate the verb part and leave the other words unchanged.
The Many Phrasal Verb Forms of To Come
- Come across – To find something by accident
“I keep coming across old bookmarks whenever I help my mother clean her apartment.”
“I hope you don’t come across any wild animals when you walk in the woods.”
- Come away – To retreat
“He came away from that lecture with a new respect for the speaker.”
“Come away with me for the weekend, it’ll be fun!”
- Come back – To return
“We were late coming back from work because there was an accident on the highway.”
“It comes back to the same question every time I think about changing jobs – what do I really want to do with my life?
- Come out – To emerge, go to, or become known
“She came out as soon as she heard the fire alarm go off.”
“I’ve been coming out to this same restaurant since it opened last summer.”
- Come over – To approach or go to
“If he comes over this way, ask him for his autograph.”
“They’ve been coming over to visit me ever since I broke my leg.”
- Come through – To achieve a result
“He’s the one player on the team who consistently comes through in the clutch.”
“Ashley is always coming through with great marketing ideas in meetings.”
- Come up – To appear with something suddenly
“I knew he’d come up with a way to improve the situation.”
“Whenever I suggest going out together, something always comes up.”
Others include: Come apart, Come back, Come before, Come between, Come down, Come for, Come in, Come into, Come together
It’s a long list. Can you think of some others? Please share them in the comments box below.
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