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    Default come across again

    "I attended his lecture and he came over as quite knowledgeable"
    "I think he came across as a bit of bore though"

    Are 'come over/come across' interchangeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    "I attended his lecture and he came over as quite knowledgeable"
    "I think he came across as a bit of bore though"

    Are 'come over/come across' interchangeable?

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    To me, 'came over' in that context is awkward. :(

    EX: I don't know what came over him. (i.e. He's not behaving the way he usually behaves.)

    :D

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    Yeah, I know that other meaning.
    I came across (lol) the former here (Cambridge dict).
    But you sometimes find strange things in dictionaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Yeah, I know that other meaning.
    I came across (lol) the former here (Cambridge dict).
    But you sometimes find strange things in dictionaries.

    FRC
    Apparently they're synonyms.

    You live, you learn. :D

    Thanx 8)

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    They certainly are in British English.

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    Hi,

    They are not synonyms in AE.

    Let's wait for Mike to confirm it :)

    Iza


    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    "I attended his lecture and he came over as quite knowledgeable"
    "I think he came across as a bit of bore though"

    Are 'come over/come across' interchangeable?

    FRC

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    Yet another difference.

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