Today we’re going to look at some English collocations.
And remember that in English a collocation is a specific arrangement of words that communicates a specific meaning. Of course, we could use other words to describe the same meaning but we prefer using the collocation over and over again.
By the end of this post you will learn 25 English collocations with COME.
25 Common Collocations with COME
means to be of the top priority or to be the most. Something that comes first is the most important thing, it is a priority.
Example: Your education comes first so go to your room and study now.
(your education is your priority)
Example: The customer always comes first.
(the customer in a business is the most important thing it’s the top priority so serving the customer or helping the customer is the most important thing)
We can also use come first to describe your status or position in a competition.
Example: We had a race in school yesterday. Mary came first, I came second, and Sarah came last.
means to almost do something or to almost achieve something.
Example: He didn’t come in first place but he came close.
I came close to getting an A in my test. – I nearly got 100%.
I came close to buying a new car today. – I nearly bought a new car.
COME TO TERMS
this means to reach an agreement, to reach a compromise
Example: They could never come to terms so they got a divorce.
COME TO TERMS WITH (something)
This means to accept a painful or emotionally stressful situation or event in your life.
Example: It took him a very long time to come to terms with the death of his wife.
It took him a very long time to come to terms with the fact that his wife has died.
COME CLEAN ABOUT
means to make a confession, to tell the truth about something that you have kept secret
Example: It was our fault and we came clean about it.
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Collocations with Come - Infographic
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COME TO LIGHT
means to be revealed
Example: The plan for the merger came to light last week.
means to arrive before the time that was arranged or expected
Example: I had to come early for the first meeting to complete the paperwork.
COME INTO VIEW
Means to become visible
Example: As we turned the corner, the Eiffel Tower came into view.
COME TO MIND
Means to think of something without making any effort
Example: Have you any suggestions? Nothing comes to mind, I’m afraid.
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This is opposite to COME FIRST, someone finishes competition or race in the last position
Example: Much to my amusement, Peter came last in this race.
means to arrive after the expected, proper, or usual time
Example: 45 minutes is the time you are allowed to come late to an exam.
COME ON TIME
means to arrive at a particular designated time, neither especially early nor late
Example: The performance starts at 7 p.m. Please come on time.
means to arrive ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion. For example, come prepared for a test – you need to do some preparation beforehand, go through certain chapters in the book. It also means that you have to bring something with you, for example, a pen, a ruler, a calculator, etc
Example: You must come prepared for the quiz next time.
COME TO A DECISION
means to make a decision
Example: The company board has come to a decision to let the senior manager go.
COME TO AN AGREEMENT
situation in which people have the same opinion about something
Example: During the meeting we came to an agreement to invest in the health market.
COME TO AN END
means to stop, to reach an end
Example: I was sad to learn that my internship has come to an end.
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COME TO LIFE
means to become more real or exciting
Example: My idea to write a book came to life when I was talking with my childhood friend.
COME INTO PLAY
when something becomes relevant, active or effective in a particular situation
Example: When this new policy comes into play, fewer people will have rights to make transactions.
COME IN PEACE
when someone arrives somewhere with friendly intentions
Example: After three days the Indians came in peace and gave us supplies of corn and sweet potatoes.
COME INTO THE PICTURE
to become involved in a particular situation; for something to be considered or used in a particular situation
Example: When coal came into the picture, it took about 50 or 60 years to displace timber.
means to break into pieces, to separate something into pieces
Example: This table comes apart and you can store it away when you don’t use it.
COME UP TRUMPS
to complete something successfully, often without expecting it
Example: Sarah came up trumps, winning the race despite her injury.
COME IN BLUE/YELLOW/GREEN
to be produced or to be available in a particular colour or size
Example: Does this t-shirt come in green?