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    come by sth / come across sth

    Can the phrasal verb 'come by sth' have the meaning of 'come across/stumble upon sth'?

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    Re: come by sth / come across sth

    Quote Originally Posted by JarekSteliga View Post
    Can the phrasal verb 'come by sth' have the meaning of 'come across/stumble upon sth'?
    Hi,

    IMO, no. "Come by" implies an effort to gain something. "Come across" and "stumble upon" imply luck in finding something.

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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