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.

Take/Bring, Here/There and This/That have similar differences in meaning.