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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 ...)


    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' !













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    1) 'Knock ! Knock !'... 'It's me !' !
    2) Let's now ! If we don't, we'll be late for the show, and we won't be allowed to the theatre after the beginning of the play !
    3) Shall we shopping ? I don't know ... Your brother will want to with us, and I really don't want us to and have to visit all the video shops of the mall ...
    4) 'Mom ! I don't want to to school today ... I'm feeling sick ! ' ! Don't play the fool ! I know you're just pretending ! You'll , whether you like it or not !'
    5) You're too stupid ! away !
    6) ' Paul, your aunt has arrived. Would you please to say 'Hello' to her ! It's rude not to ! '
    7)'Rain, rain, , again another day ... little Johnny wants to play, in the hay, today ...'
    8) Stop ! You must stay at home calmly, for once ...

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