Phrasal verbs: come

fev 04, 2011 No Comments by

I think that Phrasal verbs, along with Present Perfect, is one of the subjects that Brazilian students are most afraid of when learning English. Which is totally understandable, since these are structures that are not (or hardly ever) used in Portuguese, so it’s hard to relate to their own language.

A phrasal verb is a verb combined with an adverb or preposition, or sometimes both, to give a new meaning.

That said, today I’m going to start posting about Phrasal verbs, and the first verb we’ll study is come.

come along: arrive at a place
Not many people bought tickets for the concert in advance, but quite a few came along and bought tickets at the door.

come apart: separate into pieces
The antique picture frame just came apart in my hands.

come around/come round: become conscious again
A nurse was with me when I came around after the operation.

come out: disappear or become less strong (of dirt or color on clothing/material)
Let your shirt soak overnight and the stain will probably come out.

come out: become public knowledge after it has been kept secret (of the truth)
If this story comes out about the Prime Minister, he’ll have to resign.

come out: be given to people (of results or information)
When do your exam results come out?

come out: leave after a period in a place (of hospital/prison)
Jane’s coming out of hospital at the weekend. She’s much better now.

come off: happen successfully or as planned
I was planning to arrange a surprise holiday for her birthday, but I’m not sure it’s going to come off.

come about: happen, especially something which is not planned
I’ve had to organize the school fair again this year – I’m not quite sure how that came about.

come across: discover or meet by chance
I came across an old school friend yesterday at the supermarket.

Source: English Phrasal Verbs in Use (Cambridge).


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