The difference between COME and GO

Do you ever confuse when to use go and when to use come? These two movement describing verbs are often used in similar situations, but confer two very different meanings.

In this episode of RealLifeTV, I’m going to tell you the difference between the verbs come and go and give you some examples, so you never confuse them again!

Remember that there is a transcript below to help you understand everything

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Transcript:

Aww yeah, RealLifers! What’s going on?

This is Ethan with another video for you.

So, today I’m going to talk about something that my students tend to have a lot of difficulty with, and this is the difference between two verbs – go and come.

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So, go is any action that is away from the speaker, whereas come is the opposite, it’s an action that is towards the speaker.

All right, so let me give you a few examples to help you clarify this difference so that you won’t make this mistake anymore.

frenchman English come and go1.     Are you going to the party?

Are you coming to the party?

2.      When did you go to France?

When did you come to France?

3.      We’re going to the restaurant.

We’re coming to the restaurant.

So, last, I just want to talk about the phrasal verb come over. When you use come over, you’re referring to your house. So, you might tell someone, “Hey, do you want to come over later?”  But it’ s not necessary to add “my house.”

Another example would be, “Do you want to come over later?”

So, this is something that we, native speakers, use a lot, and it’s very useful for you to know that people refer to their house when they say “come over.”

All right, guys, I hope you found this video useful, remember to subscribe and comment below so we can keep bringing you great videos like this.

All right, later, guys!

9 Comments

  1. Sérgio Rodrigues on March 21, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    What is dificultt to understand Is why we say I am coming and not I am going when someone cals you to go there!

    • Ethan on March 22, 2014 at 7:15 am

      Hey Sérgio. Thanks for your comment. You’re right, that is a weird exception. If it helps, you can think of it like when you say “I’m coming” you’re already imagining yourself there. Just remember this is an exception to the general rule (this happens A LOT in English)

  2. Muhammad on March 22, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Could you explain this to me again i can’t imagine it

  3. Mahabad Boskani on March 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Thanks guys your explanation really great

  4. Anonymous on March 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    thank for this explanation couse i was confuse about it

  5. Lucas Monteiro on March 30, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    awesome tips! =D

  6. Maryam on October 23, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Thanks Ethan for this lesson, very interesting

    • Ethan on October 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

      So glad you enjoyed! I hope it helped 🙂

  7. Pejman Dashti on June 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    excellent explanation, thx……although the video link is broken

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