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    Smile I don't know when to use "come" and "go:.

    Could you please explain to me the difference between "come" and "go?

    For example.
    A: Do want to see a movie after school?
    B: That sounds great. I'm definitely coming. _________________
    Who else is going?(Who is coming?)

    I think both are O.K in this context but I'm not sure what the difference is in meaning from using them. What do you guys think about that? If they are the same meaning, Is the use of "come" or "go" determined by personal preference or speaker's perspective?

    As far as I'm concerned, "come" and "go" can not be used interchangeably like "When someone is calling, people say "I'm coming" not I'm going."

    So my question is how to know when to use "come" and "go", becuase I'm not sure what to use in certain context like: If I want to go to somewhere, which one is better in terms of English spekers? "Will you guys come with me to the room 1A?" or Will you guys go with me to the room A?"

    Thanks a million in advance

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    Default Re: I don't know when to use "come" and "go:.

    take a look at http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...3-come-go.html.
    i think it's going to be very helpful.
    regards.

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    Default Re: I don't know when to use "come" and "go:.

    I looked it up, and it starts out well, when Charlie Berstein writes:

    It depends on where you are. If you love Arizona and you're in Arizona, you'd say, "Coming to Arizona..."

    If you're not in Arizona, you'd say, "Going to Arizona...."


    Let's undo the impression created by the rest:
    Brits. have exactly the same meaning for these words.

    As to the sentiment, Every single person uses the words a little differently.


    ...if so, then we wouldn't know whether we were coming or going!

    Note:
    'not know if one is coming or going' : colloquial, meaning 'be confused, especially as a result of being very busy'.

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    Default Re: I don't know when to use "come" and "go:.

    Quote Originally Posted by Eureka View Post
    Could you please explain to me the difference between "come" and "go?

    For example.
    A: Do want to see a movie after school?
    B: That sounds great. I'm definitely coming. _________________
    Who else is going?(Who is coming?)

    I think both are O.K in this context but I'm not sure what the difference is in meaning from using them. What do you guys think about that? If they are the same meaning, Is the use of "come" or "go" determined by personal preference or speaker's perspective?
    You're absolutely right. Sometimes English speakers do use them interchangeably.

    As far as I'm concerned, "come" and "go" can not be used interchangeably like "When someone is calling, people say "I'm coming" not I'm going."

    You're right again. I can see why you're confused!

    So my question is how to know when to use "come" and "go", becuase I'm not sure what to use in certain context like: If I want to go to somewhere, which one is better in terms of English spekers? "Will you guys come with me to the room 1A?" or Will you guys go with me to the room A?"

    The key is that in the sense of joining someone to go somewhere together, "Will you come with me?" and "Will you go with me?" mean the same thing.

    To understand why, think of it this way. You might say to your friend:

    "Come to my house, and we'll go to the movie together."

    You're really asking your friend to come and go, right? So in English, when we meet up with each other to do something, we blur the two terms together.

    I hope that helps!



    Thanks a million in advance
    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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    Default Re: I don't know when to use "come" and "go:.

    Hi, I am a newbie and i signed up because i would like to understand more about the correct usage of 'come' and 'go'.

    Based on this thread, the use of either words are, in general, based on the speaker's location.

    Say, if i am the speaker, and i am speaking with my boss, whom, is located somewhere else. Which one is correct? "Boss, when i went here.." or "Boss, when i came here.."?
    I was under the impression that the correct use of these words depends on the speaker, and the use of the verb should not vary based on tenses.
    So, if i use the present tense, i was to say "Boss i will go there" instead of "Boss i will come there". That's why i used "Boss when i went here"
    Am i making sense?

    Thanks!

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