Advanced English Grammar



Phrasal Verbs with COME

Below are some phrasal verbs with come. And before you ask me whether it's better or easier to learn phrasal verbs by the prepositions or adverbs used in them, (in, out, on, off, etc.) or whether it's better to learn them by the verbs (take, come, go, set, etc.) the answer is simple...

which ever works best for you! 

The point is, learn them! They are used all the time by native speakers and part of the reason this page is here is for you to improve your understanding of phrasal verbs with come.

By the way, I personally feel that it is easier to learn phrasal verbs by studying opposite sets. That is, words like come/go, in/out etc. In fact, you'll find that the pages in this site have been set up in a similar fashion.

Oh, and one more thing. This is the first page of these phrasal verbs. There's a link to another page after the exercise below. Look over the words and their definitions and do the exercises.

Phrasal Verbs with COME

COME ABOUT = happen.

How did her accident come about?

COME ACROSS = find, meet unexpectedly.

When did you come across this old photo?

COME ALONG = make progress.

How is dinner coming along? Is it ready yet?

COME BY = acquire, obtain.

How did you come by that autographed poster?

COME DOWN = become less costly, price reduction.

The price of that villa has come down from a million euros to 920,000 euros.

COME INTO = inherit.

He came into a small fortune when his grandmother died.

COME OUT = A. bloom, B. published, in circulation.

A. I love it when the orange blossoms come out.
B. When does TIME magazine come out this month?

COME ROUND = A. Visit. B. Change mind or opinion about sth. C. Regain consciousness.

A. Why not come round and see me sometime next week?
B. My mother was opposed to my moving so far away but she came round in the end.
C. The woman who fainted came round after we splashed a little water on her face.

COME UP TO = Way of expressing height.

She is very short for her age. She only comes up to my chest.

COME UP AGAINST = have a problem.

How someone acts when they come up against a problem says a lot about their character.

Phrasal Verbs with Come Exercise


Choose from the drop down menu the right word or words and then check your answers below.

1. Jill was very ill until her operation, now she is coming  nicely.

2. At first she did not want to get married but she came  in the end.

3. He is the most unusual person I have ever come  .

4. Prices always come  after the holidays.

5. Wild flowers always come  after the first warm rains of spring.

6. I had planned to a car this year but I have come  some difficulties.

7. He came  a fortune when his grandmother died.

8. I came  this flat screen television during the summer sales.

9. How did his promotioin come  ? He wasn't a loyal employee.

10. He always comes  to see me on Sunday afternoons.

*** Now check your answers. ***


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