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    To came say it

    I came across this line while reading a book.
    "Tell your mom to come say it to my face that I am a loser".

    I understood the meaning of this sentence, but the construction is unknown to me. Please explain this kind of construction...

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    Re: To came say it

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    I came across this line while reading a book.
    "Tell your mom to come say it to my face that I am a loser".

    I understood the meaning of this sentence, but the construction is unknown to me. Please explain this kind of construction...
    I would say this is an AmE construction. As far as I'm concerned, it's simply a shorter way of saying:

    "Tell your mother to come here and say directly to my face that I am a loser".

    The word "it" isn't really necessary in the original - "...come say to my face that..." would suffice.

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    Re: To came say it

    So can I use two verbs like this way?
    Please explain it's usage a little bit...

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    Re: To came say it

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    So can I use two verbs like this way?
    Please explain it's usage a little bit...
    Well, you have the usage in the example sentence. It's informal but yes, you can put two verbs together like this. I'm sure lots of people don't like it!

    Go do your homework!
    Come do the dishes.
    Go make that phone call.
    Go clean up your room.
    Come sit at the table.

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    Re: To came say it

    Does it sound aggressive in a slang way?

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    Re: To came say it

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Cruge View Post
    Does it sound aggressive in a slang way?
    It's not slang, and I wouldn't say it's exactly aggressive but it certainly comes out sounding like the imperative!

    With your original example, imagine that you have just heard someone say something about you, but to another person. You might say:

    "Hey you. Come say that to my face!"

    Said in that way, it's a challenge.

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