Phrasal Verb: Come

These exercises are about using the verb ‘to come’ combined with particles, thanks to Caroline Brown English Lessons. Here are some of the most common:

‘to come across’ means to find something by chance.

  • Here is an old photo of me. I came across it when I was looking for my passport.
  • I love this painting. I came across it in the attic when I was cleaning up.

‘to come apart’ means to break into separate pieces.

  • It broke when I picked it up. Everything just came apart.
  • It’s quite big but you can pack it into a small box. It comes apart very easily.

‘to come down’ means to fall, to decrease.

  • The price of petrol has come down since the beginning of the year. It’s much cheaper now.
  • She has taken some aspirin so her temperature has come down.

‘to come from’ = to have as your country or place of origin.

  • You know by his accent that he comes from South Africa.
  • I come from York, a beautiful city in the north of England.

‘to come out’ = to be released, to be available to the public

  • His new book comes out next month. I’m sure it will be a bestseller.
  • Their new CD came out only a few weeks ago and has already sold millions.

‘to come out’ can also mean to leave a room or a building

  • He stayed in his office until he had finished the report. He didn’t come out all day.
  • He was waiting for me when I came out of work.

‘to come up’ = to arise unexpectedly

  • I’m sorry but I’ll be late. Something has come up.
  • A great opportunity has just come up for a job in the marketing department.

‘to come up’ = to be mentioned, talked about

  • We were talking about different people we knew and his name came up in the conversation.
  • I don’t want to talk about it so I hope it doesn’t come up.

‘to come up with’ = to think of, imagine a solution or idea

  • I asked Larry for some suggestions and he came up with a lot of very good ideas.
  • I’m sorry but I haven’t come up with any solution yet. I don’t know what we can do.

‘to come off’ = to become unstuck

  • I don’t know what is in the box, the label has come off.
  • When I tried to open the door, the handle came off in my hand!

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