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How to use Phrasal Verbs with COME

There are many prepositions that are used with the verb COME to create everyday phrasal verbs in English. Here are some English language phrases and expressions which hopefully will help you understand how to use phrasal verbs with COME. 

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How to use Phrasal Verbs with COME

Here are a selection of some of the more common choices with examples.


There is an obvious use of this phrasal verb when we ask somebody to perhaps climb the stairs or steps to talk to you. For example, a parent may request a child to come up the stairs and go to bed.

Please come up now! Рa stern warning from a mother. 

Come up to my office I am on the fourth floor. Рan office worker inviting a guest to his office.

However, there are other uses of COME UP.

Can you come up with a suggestion please ? I need to find a solution by tomorrow. РCan you think of a suggestion? Can you suggest something?

Or when we have to cancel a meeting at the last minute we may advise:

Something came up unexpectedly and I had no choice but to cancel. РSomething has just happened unexpectedly


The literal meaning is I hope obvious. We ask or welcome some one into our home or office.

Please come in.

Come in! I am delighted to see you.

However, we can also use COME IN in the following ways:

That will come in handy. РMeaning that will be useful.

So if you find a gadget in a shop that opens bottles or cans more efficiently or quickly then we can say:

‚ÄúOh look at this it will come in handy¬†for that¬†wine we bought last week.‚Ä̬†

When someone matures or becomes more professional or better at his job we can say he has finally come into his own. РHe has reached his ability.

He trained to be a professional footballer from the time he was sixteen. However, it took him about eight years to establish himself as a first team player (it took him a while to show his skill level). He finally came into his own when he was twenty five and played consistently well for many games.

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To come out literally means to leave some place.

He came out of the hotel with his luggage under his arm. 

Again however there are other meanings of COME OUT.

When a company introduces or launches a new product we can say they came out with a new product to compete with rest of the market.

Coca -Cola have come out with their first alcoholic drink.

When we disagree with someone’s views strongly we can come out against their opinion.

He was very annoyed that the Government did not do more to fight knife crimes. He came out strongly about his criticism in a newspaper article.


We use this phrase when we do not agree with someone and we wish to tell them that they are wrong or misguided.

Come off it! That is rubbish. You cannot be serious that is very far from the truth!


If someone loses consciousness or is knocked out for a short while they eventually regain consciousness and we can say they have come to or they are awake.

The man had a serious operation and the doctor had to give him a strong anaesthetic . He eventually came to approximately 2 hours after the operation. (can also say to come around with the exact same meaning)

So come on!! If you are still unsure how to use phrasal verbs with COME, try them out and see how you get on!!

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More Information

For more information on English Phrasal Verbs, English expressions and English Grammar Rules, check out the links below:

Asking and Giving Permission in English

How to use INTO and ONTO in English?

Intermediate English Holiday Vocabulary

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