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    #1

    come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Come up: to move towards someone
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...nglish/come-up

    Approach:move towards
    http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=approach

    I would like to ask you especially what the difference between the "approach" and "come up" via a few example, along with "go up" and "near"

    Are these sentences, 1 and2, identical, i.e they have the same sense?

    1. A young girl came up to me and asked for money.
    2. A young girl approach me and asked for money.

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    #2

    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Sentence 1 is OK. The first verb in sentence 2 is in a different tense from the verb you used in sentence 1. If you change it to the correct tense, it'll be OK. (Please don't edit post #1 to do this.)
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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Sentence 1 is OK. The first verb in sentence 2 is in a different tense from the verb you used in sentence 1. If you change it to the correct tense, it'll be OK. (Please don't edit post #1 to do this.)
    Then you mean if we do not think the tense, they are identical sentences and their verbs are identical, don't you?

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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Then you mean if we do not think the tense, they are identical sentences and their verbs are identical, don't you?
    I don't understand what you mean in the highlighted section. In sentence 2, if you put approach into the simple past -- as came is in sentence 1 -- both sentences will mean the same thing.
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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    A young girl approach me
    That's missing tense.

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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Well, I now understand that 1 and 2 identical. What about 3.

    3. A young girl went up to me and asked for money.

    Is this also identical with 1 and 2 or different from them?

    Thank you.

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    #7

    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Well, I now understand that 1 and 2 identical.
    They are very similar in meaning if you use the past simple of 'approach'. They are not identical in meaning,.

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    #8

    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    3. A young girl went up to me and asked for money.

    Is this also identical with 1 and 2 or different from them?
    If you want to use come or go, the girl can go up to someone else. She can only come up to the person who is speaking.

    None of the sentences you've quoted are identical. Here are two identical sentences:

    This sentence is the same as the other one.

    This sentence is the same as the other one.
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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Well, I now understand that 1 and 2 are identical. What about 3.?

    3. A young girl went up to me and asked for money.

    Is this also identical with 1 and 2 or different from them?

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    Re: come up v. approach v. go up v. near

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    They are very similar in meaning if you use the past simple of 'approach'. They are not identical in meaning,.
    Then what is that small difference in meaning so that they are similar instead of identical in meaning ?

    Thank you.

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