Using the verb "to come"

Come + gerund is like other verbs of movement followed by the gerund. It means that the subject is doing something as they move.

  • She came running across the field.
  • The horse came racing around the corner.
  • My dog always comes bounding out of the car.
  • When I call you, please come running.

Come + infinitive can mean that something happens or develops, perhaps outside the subject's control.

  • At first I thought he was crazy, but I've come to appreciate his sense of humour.
  • How did you come to be outside the wrong house?
  • The book has come to mean something quite different for me.
  • I have come to see that you were right all along.

Come + infinitive can also mean that the infinitive verb indicates the purpose of coming. This is a similar usage to other verbs of movement followed by the infinitive.

  • I came to see the new exhibition.
  • We came to watch a movie.
  • Will you come to eat dinner?