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wowenglish1

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I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2"
1. I'm coming with you.
2. I'm going with you.

If no, which is natural?
Mom: I'm going to the store. I'll be right back.
Son: I'm coming with you/I'm going with you.
 

buggles

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Hi wowenglish1,

As a native speaker, I would use either in the example you quote.
However, there is a difference, but it is very subtle.
If I say I'm coming with you, I mean I am accompanying you to the store.
If I say I'm going with you, I mean we are both going to the store and we happen to be going together.
I know there doesn't seem to be any difference, but if we change "with you" to "without you", we can see there is.
I could easily say I am going without you, but I would never say I am coming without you.
Despite all that, use either - nobody will misunderstand you.
Hope this helps.

Buggles
 

peter123

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Hi there,
How about this?

Mary told Eve, 'I don't want to go to pub alone? (Would OR Could) you (come with me? OR go with me?')
 

buggles

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Hi there,
How about this?

Mary told Eve, 'I don't want to go to pub alone? (Would OR Could) you (come with me? OR go with me?')
Take your pick - all combinations are equally acceptable and understandable.
 
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