English Lesson: Go vs Come

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Jack got a call from his friend Tom. The conversation went like this:

Tom: Hi Jack
Jack: Hi Tom. What’s up?
Tom: I got a new car. Why don’t you come over and see it.
Jack: Cool! I’ll be there in a few minutes.

After the phone call, Jack talked to his wife:

Jack: Jill, I’m going to go to Tom’s house. He just got a new car. Do you want to go with me?
Jill: I’m a little busy now, thanks.
Jack: OK. I’ll go now then.

Jack got in his car and went to Tom’s house. 

Tom: Hi Jack. Thanks for coming!
Jack: Sure. Jill couldn’t come because she’s busy at home.

Today, we will look at go and come. Sometimes these can be confusing. Do you know how to use these words? Have a look at the story above once more, and then check today’s lesson.

Go is used when we talk about moving away from the place where the speaker is. You go there or you go somewhere:

  • I’m going to go to Tom’s house. I am moving from the place I am.
  • Do you want to go with me?
  • Jack got in his car and went to Tom’s house.

Come is when we talk about moving to the place where the speaker is. You come here or you come from somewhere:

  • Jack is coming to my house this afternoon. He is moving to the place where I am.
  • Jill couldn’t come because she’s busy at home.
  • Ibrahim comes from Morocco

So, try to remember these two sentences. If you do, you won’t confuse go and come.

  • I go there
  • You come here.

Now, I will go to the store for some coffee, and then come back and work on some more lessons. Thanks for studying today!

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