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    #1

    come and go

    Hello,

    When someone is away from you and wants to be where you are, do they tell you
    I want to come there?
    or
    I want to go there?

    I think that "I want to
    come to Rome" implies that the arrival in Rome is for a specific reason that is personally, emotionally important to the speake, is that right?

    Thanks...

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    #2

    Re: come and go

    I mean that we can use 'I want to come there' in that sentence.

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    #3

    Re: come and go

    It is nothing to do with emotions. We 'come' to a place where the person we are addressing is, or will be when we arrive.

    In your case, the speaker would say, "I want/would like to come (to see you)". However, they might also say, "I have always wanted to go to Rome". In this second sentence, it is Rome that the person wants to travel to, not the person addressed.

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