12 Everyday English Expressions with COME

Hi dear English learners! In today’s lesson, we’ll go through 12 everyday English expressions with COME. I’m sure they’ll come in handy any time. English speakers use them a lot so they’ll help you improve your English.

The expressions and phrases we’ll look at are as follows:

  • Come again
  • Come and go
  • How come
  • Come round (around)
  • Come to your senses
  • Have come a long way
  • Come in handy
  • When it comes to
  • Come easily / naturally to someone
  • Come what may
  • As it comes
  • Come to hand

12 everyday English expressions with COME

Come again?

Use the phrase to ask someone to repeat something you haven’t heard or understood very well.

  • “Our daughter is studying English philology.” “Come again?” She’s studying English philology, which is the history and culture of the English language.”
  • “How can I ask Samantha to go out with me?” Well, for one thing, don’t beat about the bush when you’re with her.” Come again?” “I meant – don’t talk about irrelevant things but ask her directly. If she likes you she’ll go out with you.

This expression is a bit informal so you can always replace it with “Pardon me?” “I beg your pardon?” or “Excuse me?” if you want to be more formal.

Come and go

If something is coming and going,  it is happening or existing for a while and then goes away.

  • Don’t worry about the money. Money comes and goes, but friendship stays forever.
  • People were coming and going all day to ask about the flat we were renting.
  • Throughout our history, we’ve seen many civilizations come and go.  

12 everyday English expressions with COME

How come?

Use the phrase “how come..?” if you don’t understand something and want an explanation.

  • If she lived in Greece for so long, how come her Greek is so bad?
  • How come Tara is allowed to go to the party, but I’m not?
  • “I need to go to the bank.” “How come?” “I need to check my account.”

Come round (around)

The phrasal verb “come round (around)” usually means to visit someone in their home.

  • We are throwing a party on Saturday. Would you like to come round?
  • The Smiths are having some friends coming around for lunch today.

It also means to become conscious after you fainted.

  • The patient is unconscious right now, but you can visit him later when he comes around.

12 everyday English expressions with COME

Come to your senses

If you come to your senses, then you try to think reasonably about something after a period when you had been thinking foolishly about it.                                                                   t.

  • We can talk about your career as a football player once you come to your senses.
  • Some day, Michael will come to his senses and realise that Mary is not the right girl for him.
  • I’m glad you’ve finally come to your senses and decided to go back to college.

Have come a long way

If we say that something has come a long way, we mean that it’s made a lot of progress.

  • You must admit that the telephone has come a long way since Alexander Graham Bell invented it in the 19th century.
  • My wife and I have come a long way since we first started doing yoga. Besides, I’m a yoga instructor now.
  • Many African countries have come a long way in recent years and decades.

12 everyday English expressions with COME

Come in handy

We say that something comes in handy when we expect it to be convenient and useful in the future.

  • These expressions will come in handy anytime in the future if you learn them well. 
  • Please, don’t throw my old boots away. They may come in handy when we go hiking next summer.
  • The money I’m saving will come in handy once I decide to renovate my apartment.

When it comes to

The meaning of the phrase is relating to something or concerning something.

  • When it comes to studying, our elder daughter is more responsible than our younger one.
  • Martin totally gets blocked when it comes to talking to girls. He’s so shy.
  • He may not be the tidiest person in the world, but when it comes to cooking, Simon is an expert.

12 everyday English expressions with COME

Come easily / naturally to someone

If something comes easy or naturally to you, you can do it with ease, regardless of how hard or complicated it may be.

  • She’s very talented. Drawing comes naturally to her. 
  • Learning foreign languages comes easily to very young children.
  • Swimming doesn’t come naturally to humans. We have to learn how to float on the water’s surface.

Come what may

The meaning of the phrase is – despite everything.

  • Celia finally decided to get a new job, come what may.
  • John promised to go and watch Sandra singing in that club on Saturday evening, come what may.
  • Come what may, I’m moving abroad.

12 everyday English expressions with COME

As it comes

If someone asks you about your preference and you say “as it comes”, you mean that anything suits you. 

  • “How would you like your cocktail?” “Don’t be bothered about it. I’ll have it as it comes.”

It also means not to worry about the future and deal with things when they happen.

  • Sometimes, we have to take life as it comes, no matter how hard it may be.
  • Ever since she had an accident, Lorna has learned to take each day as it comes and not worry too much about anything.

Come to hand

 If something comes to hand, it is easily available.

  • When cooking, I usually use anything that comes to hand from the fridge and pantry.
  • It’s an earthquake. Quickly, take any food and clothes that come to hand and get out of the house.
  • Mark took the first newspaper that came to hand and started to read.

12 everyday English expressions with COME

To sum up, here are 12 everyday English phrases I prepared for you today:

  • Come again?
  • Come and go
  • How come?
  • Come round (around)
  • Come to your senses
  • Have come a long way
  • Come in handy
  • When it comes to
  • Come easily / naturally to someone
  • Come what may
  • As it comes
  • Come to hand

12 Everyday English Expressions with COME
12 Everyday English Expressions with COME

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Don MUMBERE · 6 Jul 2022 at 3:36 pm

Thanks a lot, a wonderful lesson for me.

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