Come Phrasal Verbs

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1. Sometimes you keep something even though you don’t need it at the time but because you think in the future it might ‘come in useful’.

  • Keep that. It might come in useful one day.
  • I don’t like learning English but it will come in useful when I get a job.

2. When something is falling, you can say that it is ‘coming down’.

  • The football match was stopped because the rain was coming down so heavily.
  • Don’t buy an Ipod yet. The prices will be coming down soon.

3. When a book is published, it ‘comes out’.

  • The magazine comes out once a month.
  • My new book comes out in August.

4.If you ‘come on to’ a particular topic or idea, you start discussing it.

  • Can we come on to the subject of parking?
  • Before we come on to that, does anybody have any comments?

5. If you ‘come across’ something, you find it by accident.

  • I came across these old photos when I was cleaning out my cupboard.
  • She came across Richard in the middle of Oxford.

6. If a feeling ‘comes over you’, it affects you, often in an uncharacteristic way.

  • I’m sorry for shouting. I don’t know what came over me.
  • A look of pleasure came over her face.

7. If a problem or situation ‘comes up’ it happens. (We can also say ‘crops up’.)

  • A big problem came up at work.
  • Something has come up and I can’t meet you.

8. If you ‘come up with’ a plan or idea, you think of it or suggest it.

  • Peter came up with a good idea today.
  • Can anybody come up with a solution?

9. If somebody ‘comes across’ as having a particular characteristic, they have given you the impression that they are like this.

  • When you first meet Susan, she comes across as a shy person but in fact she is quite self-confident.
  • Do you know that you come across as very arrogant?

10. When you are talking about the results of a situation, you can talk about what ‘comes of’ the situation.

  • I’ll let you know what comes of the meeting.
  • No great harm came from it.

11. If an event or action ‘comes off’, it is successful or effective.

  • I hope this high risk strategy comes off for us.
  • I don’t think it is going to come off.

12. If an idea ‘comes upon’ you, it develops without your really being aware of it.

  • The idea came upon me when I was out walking the dog.
  • I came upon the solution by pure chance.

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Jun 6, 2011, 7:22 pm

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Jul 7, 2011, 5:47 am

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Jul 7, 2011, 8:30 am

Lots of thanks for your help!


Jul 7, 2011, 8:57 am

great english phrasal verbs

Mohammad Palestine

Jul 7, 2011, 9:09 pm



Jul 7, 2011, 3:54 am

This example is very clear, I can understand all the grammar in this subject. I hope there will have more grammars like that. Thanks a lot.

Victor Count

Jul 7, 2011, 4:11 pm

I do find your presentation of phrasal verbs very good! Thanks a lot!

khurshid ali

Jul 7, 2011, 9:08 am

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Jul 7, 2011, 10:57 am

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Jul 7, 2011, 10:40 am

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