Come and go can be confusing. Choosing the right word usually depends on the perspective of the speaker or listener. Below we take a closer look at the difference between come and go in English.
Megan: I’ll come to your place at 10 o’clock and the we can go to Mehmet’s birthday party together!
Andrea: That sounds like a great plan. Do you know if Eric is coming to the party?
Megan: No, I think he’s going to London with his parents this weekend.
Andrea: Lucky duck! He’s been to London 3 times already this year.
Use come with movements towards the speaker/listerner.
- I’ll come to your place at 10 o’clock.
- Is Eric coming to the party?
Use come (with) when someone joins the movement of the speaker.
- We are going to a party tonight. Would you like to come with us?
Use go for movements/travel to other places.
- We can go to Mehmet’s party together.
- Eric went to London with his parents last weekend.
been = come/gone
We often use been as a past participle of come and go but only when the action is complete.
- He’s been to London three times already this year.
Completed action. He has been to London and gone again.
- He has come to London for a week.
He has come to London and is still in London.