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What is the difference between “come” and “go” in English?

This is a big mistake that a lot of English learners make!

Are you making this mistake? Let’s stop it today. Today you’ll get a simple strategy to use when you choose between “come” and “go.”

 

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Here is the trick to remember “come” versus “go”: Where is the speaker?

If the speaker is in the place that he is talking about, he says “why don’t you come to New York?”

In this case, the speaker is in New York.

If he says, “I plan to go to Boston” then he is not in Boston.

Keep it simple! Stick to this rule and it will clear up your confusion every time.

 

Phrasal verbs with “come” and “go”:

  • To come around: To visit (at someone’s home) or to get better, to return to normal. Here is an example, “You are in an argument with a friend now but I hope your friend comes around.”
  • To come to: To regain awareness and consciousness after fainting or after passing out. “In hot yoga, if you faint and then you come to, everyone will be standing over you and staring.”
  • To go through: To deal with something, to struggle with something that is hard, maybe a break up, a divorce, a hard time financially. “Are you going through anything difficult these days?”
  • To go into: To enter something, to start to talk about something, an idea, a topic. “Today we went into a lot of great topics.”

 

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