• come across – ‘to find smb/smth by chance’

I came across that book when I was cleaning up.

  • come up with ‘to produce a plan or idea’

We’ve come up with a great idea for the party.     

  • come by – ‘manage to get’

It’s hard to come by a good job during crisis.

  • come down with – ‘to get an illness that is not very serious’

He came down with flu and couldn’t attend the conference.

  • come to – ‘reach a total amount’

A coffee and a sandwich – this comes to 4 dollars.

  • come up against ‘be faced with or opposed by (a reaction)’

Our new project came up against a lot of criticism.

  • come upon ‘to find, discover smth be chance’ (~come across)

I came upon this retro dress in the attic. Let’s try it on!


  • come about – ‘to happen, occur’

How did the accident come about?

  • come across – ‘to give other people a certain feeling or opinion’ (=come over)

He comes across as a decent man.

  • come along

1) ‘to accompany smb, to go somewhere with someone’

My friend came along with me to watch a movie.

2) ​‘to arrive, to appear’ (~come up)

When an opportunity comes along, I’ll certainly take it.

3) (informal) ‘to improve or develop in the way that you want, progress’

Your English has come along a lot recently.

4) used to tell smb to hurry or to try harder

Come along! We’ll be late!

Come along! Try again and you’ll surely succeed!

  • come apart – ‘to separate into pieces’

My shoes have come apart at the seams. I had to throw them away.

  • come around

1) ‘to come to a place, especially somebody’s house, to visit for a short time’

Come around and see us at the weekend!

2) ‘to change one’s opinion; finally accept someone’s way of thinking’

Be persuasive and make the client come around to your way of seeing things.

3) ‘to become conscious again’ (=come to)

She has finally come around from the anaesthetic.

  • come back – ‘return’

What time will you come back?

  • come forward‘to offer your help, services, etc.’

A few witnesses came forward with some evidence.

  • come off – ‘become detached from smth’ (=break off, fall off)

A button came off her coat.

  • come out – ‘become known’

The truth will come out sooner or later. It’s just a matter of time.

  • come to – ‘regain consciousness’ (come around)

She sat next to him until he came to.

  • come up

1) ‘to appear (usually unexpectedly), become available (of an opportunity)’

We’ll let you know if any vacancies come up.

2) ‘to happen’ (usually unexpectedly)

I’ve had a call from work. Something urgent has come up.

3) to be mentioned or discussed

The subject of the wedding again came up in their conversation.