Monday, July 1

Come On!

Of course everybody knows the literal meaning of the Verbs come” and “go.” They’re the most basic Action Verbs if you want to express movement and direction.

But today I’m going to teach you the Phrasal VerbCome on,”

Come + On = Phrasal Verb

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First and foremost, it’s best to remember that “Come on” is an Intransitive Phrasal Verb.  

Intransitive? What does this mean?

An Intransitive Verb means that you can not put an Object after it.

It’s opposite to a Transitive Verb. If you use a Transitive Verb, you must put an Object after it.

Take a look at our examples below.

Question: Which of these sentences do you feel are correct? Which are wrong?

(1) He fell down his bag.

(2) It belongs to.

(3) I write down on paper.

(4) They ran away him.

(5)  You should look for in the park.

Answer: All of them are wrong.

(1) He fell down his bag. = X

(2) It belongs to. = X

(3) I write down on paper. = X

(4) They ran away him. = X

(5)  You should look for in the park. = X


First, take a look at their Verbs:

(1) He fell down his bag. = Intransitive (can’t have an Object)

(2) It belongs to. = Transitive (must have an Object)

(3) I write down on paper. = Transitive (must have an Object)

(4) They ran away him. = Intransitive (can’t have an Object)

(5)  You should look for in the park. = Transitive (must have an Object)

We should correct all the sentences this way:

(1) He fell down. = Ok (no Object)

(2) It belongs to me. = Ok

(3) I write it down on paper. = Ok

(4) They ran away from him. = Ok (no Object)

(5)  You should look for it in the park. = Ok

If you’d like to learn more about Transitive and Intransitive Verbs, just click these links:

Come on : Intransitive 

Come on” is an Intransitive Verb. It can’t have an Object after it. Please keep this in mind.

Now, let’s study the different meanings of this word:

(1) Come on = to start working, used for a light or a machine

With this meaning, “come on” is similar to “turn on.” But the difference between them is that “come on” is Intransitive while “turn on” is Transitive.

Take a look:

I turned on the light. = Ok

The light came on. = Ok 

Got it?

Here are more examples:

I pressed the power switch and the monitor came on.

When will the electricity come back on
 (during a blackout)

(2) Come on = to start, especially a TV show

What time does the news come on?

Oh, my favorite show just came on.

(3) Come on = to appear on a sports field in order to replace another player

Miller came on for Brown at half time.

The home crowd gave a very warm reception when he came on.

He scored 2 goals after he had come on.

(4) Come on = to begin little by little, especially an illness

I can feel a headache / cold coming on.

I think there’s rain coming on.

Darkness came on after seven.

As you can see, in all its meanings, the Phrasal Verb come on” is used as an Intransitive Verb. So don’t put an Object when you use it.

In Speaking

There are also other meanings of “Come on” but they are mainly used in speaking and informal situations.

Often you will read or hear this word shortened like this: 

Come on = C'mon

1. Come on = Hurry up!

Ex. Come on! We’re going to be late.

Come on. Let's go.

2. Come on = Cheer up! or Try harder!

Ex. Come on, you can do it!

Come on! Try it again.

3. Come on = I don’t believe you! Tell the truth!

Ex. Oh, come on! Don’t lie!

You made the same excuse last week. Come on!

Oh, come on, Matt, do you expect me to believe that?

4. Come on = Please!

Ex. Come on, don’t leave me.

Come on, you’ll like this movie.

5. Come on = Used to try and make someone fight you

Ex. Come on, then, hit me!

Come on, hit me with your best shot!

Hope You Learned Something!

Keep on learning !

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