Phrasal verbs with come Learn English

This post looks at phrasal verbs with come. Phrasal verbs can be confusing for many learners. They often have more than one meaning and several phrasal verbs can all have the same meaning. For example, ‘come round’ has several different meanings. One of the meanings is the same as ‘come to’. Study each example and see if you can make your own examples.

Phrasal verbs with COME


Come across 

 to find

I came across a beautiful painting in the art shop. It’s by a local artist. I’d never heard of her before.

One of the good things about Facebook is that you sometimes come across people that you knew years ago. That can also be one of the bad things about Facebook ….


Come across as something 

 to appear in a particular way

I don’t want to come across as rude but I think you could be nicer to people.

My boss always comes across as angry but he is a kitten underneath. He is the kindest person I know.


Come along

go with someone or arrive at a place

Are you coming along with us to Pete’s party on Saturday night?

I might come along a bit later. I am driving back from Scotland that day.


Come along can also be used to tell someone to be hurry up if you are going somewhere

Come along! We’ll miss the bus if we don’t hurry.


Come apart

To break into pieces.

This new toy is coming apart. Look, it’s really dangerous.

When he picked up the broken old radio, it came apart in his hands.


Come around to something

To change one’s mind.

My husband wants to get a cat. I wasn’t sure but I’m starting to come around to the idea of having a pet.


Come off

To become separated from something.

Oh no! The door handle came off in my hand. I can’t open the door.

The paint is starting to come off the wall. We will need to repaint in here.


Come out

Leave a place, go out to socialise or show yourself from a hiding place.

I hope the sun comes out tomorrow. I want to go to the beach. I’m so tired of these cloudy, rainy days!

Come out! I know your hiding. The games over.

Do you want to come out with us tomorrow night? We thought we might go to that new Italian restaurant in the high street.


Come round

  1. Visit someone at their home.

Would you like to come round for dinner next week?

  1. Become conscious.

He came round after an hour.

  1. To change one’s mind.

I’m coming round to the idea of having a pet.

  1. An event that happens at a particular time, regularly.

I can’t believe Christmas has come around so quickly. It feels like it was only yesterday.


Come to

To become conscious.

He fainted when he saw the blood. When he came to, he felt really embarrassed.


Come up with

To think of an idea or plan.

Who came up with that idea? It’s terrible!

Pete has come up with a brilliant idea for an app.

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