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    came by

    We were moving around for a while, just then I came by a man who looked like a monster.

    Is this sentence correct?

    If correct, does the `came by' mean `happened to meet'?

    Please help me. [If possible, provide me, few examples, with the phrasal verb `came by']

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    Re: came by

    Came by would not be my choice.

    I met man, I encountered a man, I looked up and saw a man, I came across a man, I ran into a man.

    Bob came by my house last night. I spent the money fast because I came by it easily.

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    Re: came by

    I agree with mykwyner. I also would use came across in the example sentence.

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    Re: came by

    Wisdom come by suffering


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    Re: came by

    Thank you friends.

    Yesterday I came by a box where there was a lot of money in it.
    I meant, by this sentence, that I obtained a box accidentaly yesterday.

    Is this correct?

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    Re: came by

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you friends.

    Yesterday I came by a box where there was a lot of money in it.
    I meant, by this sentence, that I obtained a box accidentaly yesterday.

    Is this correct?
    Say:
    Yesterday I came across a box that had a lot of money in it.
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    Re: came by

    Longman Dict. says:
    come by phrasal verb
    1
    come by something
    to manage to get something that is rare or difficult to get
    How did you come by these pictures? Jobs were hard to come by .
    2
    come by (something)
    to make a short visit to a place on your way to somewhere else
    He said he'd come by later. I'll come by the house and get my stuff later, OK?


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    Re: came by

    Yesterday I came across a box that had a lot of money in it.
    Not only I came across but also I /acquired/took/ it.

    Can I use the `came by' like the following to mean [I came across and obtained the box]?

    i.e. Yesterday I came by a box that had a lot of money in it.

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    #9

    Re: came by

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Not only I came across but also I /acquired/took/ it.

    Can I use the `came by' like the following to mean [I came across and obtained the box]?

    i.e. Yesterday I came by a box that had a lot of money in it.
    I don't think came by works there. Perhaps:
    Yesterday I came across a box that had a lot of money in it. I took it home.
    come across

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    Re: came by

    Thank you friends.
    How do you come by this much English?[come by = acquired]
    I come by this forum at the free times.[come by = visit]

    Are these sentences perfect?

    Please hep me.

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