The next word in our vocabulary boost series is COME. COME is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of arrive, reach, find or finish. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using COME.


As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.



To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)

Come clean about something – tell the truth

Come close – nearly achieve something

Come first

Come second

Come third

Come last

Come to a compromise – make an agreement

Come to a conclusion – to sum up

Come to an end – finish

Come to a realization – finally understand something

Come to a stop – gradually stop

Come to terms with – accept something that is difficult to take in

Come to rest – stop

Come to hand – be available

Come to nothing – to not achieve what was expected

Come to life – to be born


Phrasal verbs:

The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)

Come up with – think of

I have come up with a great idea to set up a business

Come down with – get ill

My sister has come down with the flu

Come up against – face difficulties

We came up against various issues during the construction

Come out – end up

The picture didn´t come out as we had planned

Come in for – be criticized

My boss came in for a lot of criticism

Come out with – say something

Why did you come out with that response?

Come around – be convinced by

Don´t worry, your girlfriend will come around

Come along – to progress well

The project is coming along nicely

Come into – to receive some money

I came into a lot of money when I inherited the house




To learn how to use COME you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.

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