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A person or a thing that moves towards you, comes. You come to my house when I invite you. The mail comes to my house when I am at home. You come to my classroom or my website to learn English. There are many different ways to use this verb. 


come = move in my direction

  • How often do you come to this website? 
  • If you come to my house, I will serve tea and cookies. 
  • Many people come to the United States to look for a job. (I use the word “come” in this sentence because I am here in the U.S.) 
  • Where do you come from? (Use this question to ask about a person’s country of origin.) 

Here are some videos that show you various ways to use the verb “come.” 

come / come / come / coming

  • Many people come to this website to learn English. 
  • How often do you come here? 
  • Thanks for coming! 
  • Your parents want to know when you plan to come home. 
  • It’s good to come home. 
  • When you come home, you feel welcome. 

come by = visit me / find

  • You should come by sometime. (come by = visit)
  • Fresh blueberries and strawberries are hard to come by at this time of year. (come by = find) 
  • Come by my apartment and we can study for the test. (come by = visit) 
  • The mail carrier comes by every day at around 2:00 p.m. (come by = stop to deliver something) 
  • The turkeys stopped coming by when we stopped feeding them. (come by = visit) 

come up with = invent or create

  • It’s hard to come up with new ideas all the time. 
  • Jose needs to come up with $10,000 to get the car that he wants. 
  • Maria needs to find a solution to her problem, but she hasnt come up with anything yet.
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