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Let's come or Let's go
“A little birdie told me ...” that some beginners, girls and boys, even some big ones that I know ... and certainly many others too, have a few problems with ‘to come' and ‘to go' and mix everything ...
These verbs have many points in common ...
1) They both indicate a movement :
- to come : expresses a movement indicating that the speaker is getting nearer.
The speaker is in a far away place and is getting nearer the point of reference (either a person or a place).
ex : Dad is coming from work at 7 pm.
- to go : on the contrary, expresses a movement of separation :
ex : My mother goes to the dentist's every week.
2) If they are followed by a verb, they're often linked to this verb by ‘and' or ‘to' :
ex a: I came to the hospital to see my Mom and the new baby.
ex b: I will go to Paula's and (will) babysit while she's away.
(Let's notice that the two verbs which are linked by 'and' are in the same tense : Here, in the simple future. If they are linked by ‘to', the sentence often indicates an aim :
In example a :‘I went to see my Mom and the Baby = I went in order to see my Mom and the Baby.
3) Both verbs are irregular and their three forms have to be learnt by heart :
- to come, I came, come
- to go, I went, gone
4) to go : is even more ‘original' and fanciful :
- Some expressions (that have to be learnt, ) are followed :
- either by an - ing form expressing some open air activities : to go shopping / hunting / swimming ...
- or by a phrase introduced by ‘for' : To go for a drive, for a walk, etc - YOU HAVE TO LEARN THEM !)
5) Finally, I will mention before you really need to know, the difficulty that you can meet with ‘go' : Its past participle = the 3rd column of the irregular verbs that you have ( of course !!!) learnt , but haven't used yet. Here, you'll have to think a little ...
ex : I have been to New York City. It was just before the destruction of the Towers. (means that you're back from New York City ! You're no longer there ...)
ON THE CONTRARY :
ex : He's gone to New York City for his job. (and it means that he stayed there !)
Be careful ! Now, you're ready for the exercise ... Good luck, or rather, 'go for it' !
THEY ARE COMING ...
THEY ARE GOING ...
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