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Then for the summer we'll go to Newport, and when we come back from there we'll take a house.

I thought there was more, or would not have come back for it.

Perhaps he will come back and tell his experience to his indifferent relatives.

I don't call that polite, seeing that I have come back to live with you.

And when they've got all the things into the other house they can come back for the chair and me.

When they come back, if they ever do, shall I not feel shamed in their presence?

Master has come back, broken down the door, and she is gone!

"No one has ever come back," we say, "to tell us what his experience has been," and we drop the subject there.

See that he hath a change if he come back hot from the tilting.

I just want you to come back, so that things will be the way they used to be.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English cuman "come, approach, land; come to oneself, recover; arrive; assemble" (class IV strong verb; past tense cuom, com, past participle cumen), from Proto-Germanic *kwem- (cf. Old Saxon cuman, Old Frisian kuma, Middle Dutch comen, Dutch komen, Old High German queman, German kommen, Old Norse koma, Gothic qiman), from PIE root *gwa-, *gwem- "to go, come" (cf. Sanskrit gamati "he goes," Avestan jamaiti "goes," Tocharian kakmu "come," Lithuanian gemu "to be born," Greek bainein "to go, walk, step," Latin venire "to come").

The substitution of Middle English -o- for Old English -u- before -m-, -n-, or -r- was a scribal habit before minims to avoid misreading the letters in the old style handwriting, which jammed letters. The practice similarly transformed some, monk, tongue, worm. Modern past tense form came is Middle English, probably from Old Norse kvam, replacing Old English cuom.

Remarkably productive with prepositions (NTC's "Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs" lists 198 combinations); consider the varied senses in come to "regain consciousness," come over "possess" (as an emotion), come at "attack," come on (interj.) "be serious," and come off "occur." For sexual senses, see cum.

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