Come Across

Come Across

Infinitive: Come Across
Present Tense: Come Across/ Comes Across
-ing Form: Coming Across
Past Tense: Came Across
Past Participle: Come Across
It is a non-separable phrasal verb that can
be used in three ways
  1. 1

    The way other people perceive you.

    You come across as the type of person who loves children.
    He comes across like he is really smart, but he knows just about as much as the others.

  2. 2

    To move from one side to the opposite side.

    He came across town to check on us after the big storm hit.
    Stay right there! I'm coming across to get you.

  3. 3

    To find or see someone or something by chance.

    I came across a word in the dictionary that I didn't even know existed.
    I came across an amazing leather jacket at the thrift store today.

Come Across
  1. I _____ ____ some really old photos of my grandparents in the old cabinet. They used to dress so funny back in their day.
  2. The man_____ ___ the street to help me with my bags.
  3. Jim Carrey _____ ____ as someone who can never be serious.
  4. Harry ______ _____ his ex-wife in the department store.
  5. I had been flipping through the channels for a few minutes when I _____ _____ an interesting documentary on Jimi Hendrix.

Listen for the phrasal verb Come Across in the video clip from the movie Blade Runner Final Cut

  1. Rachel: Mr. Deckard, Dr. Eldon Tyrell.
    Eldon: Demonstrate it. I want to see it work.
    Deckard: Where's the subject?
    Eldon: I want to see it work on a person. I want to see a negative before I provide you with a positive.

    Deckard: What's that going to prove?
    Eldon: Indulge me.

    Deckard: On you?
    Eldon: Try her.
    Deckard: It's too bright in here.

    Rachel: Do you mind if I smoke?
    Deckard: It won't affect the test. All right, I am going to ask you a series of questions. Just relax and answer them as simply as you can. It's your birthday. Someone gives you a calfskin wallet.
    Rachel: I wouldn't accept it. Also, I'd report the person who gave it to me to the police.

    Deckard: You have got a little boy. He shows you his butterfly collection...plus the killing jar.
    Rachel: I'd take him to the doctor.

    Deckard: You're watching television. Suddenly you realize there's a wasp crawling on your arm.
    Rachel: I'd kill it.

    Deckard: You're reading a magazine. You _____ ____ a full-page nude photo of a girl.
    Rachel: Is this testing whether I am a Replicant or a lesbian, Mr. Deckard?
    Deckard: Just answer the questions, please. You show it to your husband. He likes it so much he hangs it on your bedroom wall.
    Rachel: I wouldn't let him.
  2. What was their conversation about?

Change the sentences above into questions, then change them into negatives.

  • I came across some really old photos of my grandparents in the old cabinet. They used to dress so funny back in their day.
    The man came across the street to help me with my bags.
    Jim Carrey come across as someone who can never be serious.
    Harry came across his ex-wife in the department store.
    I had been flipping through the channels for a few minutes when I came across an interesting documentary on Jimi Hendrix.

  • LOIEnglish

    Jim Carrey comeS across, remember the ‘s’ at the end of 3rd person.

  • True! Thanks 🙂

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