Phrasal Verbs #8 – Come


  • Have you come down with a cold yet this winter?
  • How did your decision to come to Australia come about?
  • Have you ever fainted? How long did it take you to come round?
  • Do you think house prices will go up or come down next year?
  • Where do your parents come from?
  • If you knew who stole the BBQ, would you come forward with that information?
  • How much does your weekly grocery shop come to?

Below is a list of some common phrasal verbs with COME. There are many more. Read through the ones below and add those that you don’t know to your vocabulary lists. Then click on the links to do the quizzes. You will come across even more phrasal verbs with COME. Did you know that you can check phrasal verbs in a good English/English dictionary to find meaning, example sentences and the grammar of how to use them?

come about happen You became the mayor of your city? Wow! How did that come about?
come across something find unexpectedly I came across these old photos when I was tidying the closet.
come along arrive or appear at a place You wait half an hour for a bus and then three come along at once.
come apart separate into several pieces The top and bottom come apart if you pull hard enough.
come around/round visit someone in their home Come round tonight and we’ll watch a DVD.
come around/round change your opinion to agree with or accept something My son doesn’t want to study in New Zealand, but I think he will come around to the idea if he thinks about it for a while.
come around/round recover consciousness She hasn’t come round from the anaesthetic yet.
come down fall to ground/become lower House prices have come down recently.
come down on someone scold or punish Our boss really came down on us after we made that mistake.
come down with something become sick My nephew came down with chicken pox this weekend.
come forward volunteer for a task or to give evidence The woman came forward with her husband’s finger prints.
come from somewhere originate in The art of origami comes from Asia.
come off become detached Oh no, my button has come off.
come off something stop using (drugs/medicine) He’s come off the tablets because they were making him dizzy.
come on to someone make your sexual interest known to someone Then his wife left the room and he started coming on to me.
come out appear, be seen, become known The moon came out last night.
come out be removed (stain) Did the red wine stain come out in the wash?
come out , be published When does their new album come out?
come to something totals That shopping comes to $14.50.
come to someone remember or recall I didn’t remember who she was and suddenly it came to me. We went to high school together.
come up Be mentioned What points came up at the meeting?
come up against something be faced with (problems) If you come up against any resistance let me know.
come up with something produce an idea or resources I didn’t think Joe had any money but suddenly he came up with enough to buy a car.

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