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    "get back" and "come back"

    When I should use "get back" and "come back"? I think "get back" means to return after short absence, e.g. I got back from school at 3 pm yesterday. and "come back" means to return after long absence, e.g. She came back to Britain in 2007. Am I right?


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    Re: "get back" and "come back"

    I think that is a fairly good interpretation, though not necessarily a rule.

    I think with requests come back is often used.

    Will you come back tonight and give me a hand?

    But not

    Will you get back tonight and give me a hand?

    I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: "get back" and "come back"

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    When I should use "get back" and "come back"? I think "get back" means to return after short absence, e.g. I got back from school at 3 pm yesterday. and "come back" means to return after long absence, e.g. She came back to Britain in 2007. Am I right?
    What about we use "come" when the speaker is in the same location(Britain) as the subject will be moving to. However, we use "get" when the speaker is not in the same location(outside Britain) as the subject will be moving to. Doesn't it make sense, 126?
    (Not a teacher)


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    Re: "get back" and "come back"

    So, if you're right I should say She got back to Britain in 2007. It looks strange, in my opinion.


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    Re: "get back" and "come back"

    Quote Originally Posted by 126 View Post
    So, if you're right I should say She got back to Britain in 2007. It looks strange, in my opinion.
    It is fine in the right context.

    "Jenny Smith wanted to travel and set off around the world in 2005. She got back to Britain in 2007".

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