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    "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    If someone inquires about someone else intentions to join them, should the question be:

    "Are you coming with me."

    or

    "Are you coming with."

    I had always thought that "with me" was correct, but I am hearing the "with" version more and more often.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    Really? "Come with" is common in certain regions -- Chicago, for example -- but I wasn't aware it had migrated to universal use. I use it because I was infected with that use by an old boyfriend, but I don't hear it much from others. I'm sure there are many people waiting to tell you that it's "non-standard."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Really? "Come with" is common in certain regions -- Chicago, for example -- but I wasn't aware it had migrated to universal use. I use it because I was infected with that use by an old boyfriend, but I don't hear it much from others. I'm sure there are many people waiting to tell you that it's "non-standard."
    It's non-standard.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    I'd always assumed it was borrowed into American English because of German-speaking immigrants... But does Chicago fit in with that idea? I usually hear it (US crime dramas) with a final /θ/ - which adds to the 'non-standardness'.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    I don't know about that part - but I do know that one time I used the "come with" phrasing with someone who then looked a bit startled and said "Are you from Chicago?" He was, and it was his common usage, but he knew that it was not common where we were at that time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I don't know about that part - but I do know that one time I used the "come with" phrasing with someone who then looked a bit startled and said "Are you from Chicago?" He was, and it was his common usage, but he knew that it was not common where we were at that time.
    Let me tell you something you probably already know. Many non-native speakers, especially from my side, immitate what they hear in Hollywood movies. i've seen alot of that expression and i think its cool. Whenever i use it here in Nigeria, it allures people and they kinda think im cool. Offcourse its only used in informal situations.

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    Re: "Come with" vs "Come with me"

    I have a friend who uses it all the time. And yes, her background is German. To me it just sounds like an unfinished sentence, which it is.

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