Come On

Come On

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

    To appear on television or be heard on the radio.

    Music artists never forget the moment when their first song came on the radio.
    My favorite show comes on every Monday night at eight o'clock.

  2. 2

    When you encourage someone to do something.

    Come on, hurry and buy it before the sale ends!
    Come on, you can do it!

  3. 3

    To try to attract someone with words or actions.

    It annoys me when men come on too strong in the early stages of dating.
    Her boss came on to her in the elevator.

  4. 4

    The start of an illness.

    I always eat fresh ginger when I feel a cold coming on.
    I think she has a fever coming on because her head is really hot.

  5. 5

    When something starts to function.

    The power came on as soon as he paid the bill.
    My computer isn't coming on! What's going on?!

Come On
  1. Back in the day, we had to go home as soon as the street lights ______ _____.
  2. _______ _____, let's win this game!
  3. His headaches began ______ ______ after he lost his job.
  4. Why does she keep ______ _____ to him when he has told her several times that he doesn't like her?
  5. I can't wait for the movie to ______ ____ next Wednesday.

Listen for the phrasal verb Come On in the video clip from the movie Tommy Boy

  1. [Scene 1]
    Tommy: Hey, what is this thing?
    Lewis: It's a buffer. I take oil filters that need smoothing and give them a quick zap.

    Tommy: Cool! Can I try one?
    Lewis: Help yourself. Nice distance.

    Tommy's Dad: Tommy! ______ ____! Let's go!

    [Scene 2]
    Richard: But you can't latch the hood too well if you don't take the can out you no-selling waste of space! I swear to God you're worthless.
    Tommy: I'm sorry about your car. But don't call me worthless. I'm trying my best. I'm not my dad.

    Richard: That's right. You're not your dad. He could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman in white gloves. I learned everything I know from him. I didn't have a father, and he looked out for me. But you! He was your real dad and you just took it for granted. Hey, I'm big Tom's son, he'll fix everything, so I'm allowed to be a moron.
    Tommy: That's it! Get out of the car! It's go time, you and me.

    Richard: Look Mommy, the rhino is getting too close to the car.
    Tommy: Him too 'fraid to get out. He just a little guy.

    Richard: That's it big boy. I'm gonna wail on you. You're gonna regret volunteering for this job, Porky.
    Tommy: Hey boys and girls, it's Papa Smurf!

    Richard: You know what, you don't want none of me, think it through.
    Tommy: ______ ___, give me your best shot, and I'll give you a free one! Let me have it! That's it? _______ ___, you can do better than that, can't ya Captain Limp Wrist? Try again. Hey everybody, is there a window open? I feel a draft. If I wanted a kiss, I would have called your mother. That was a good one.

    [Scene 3]
    Tommy: I just don't get it. I guaranteed overnight delivery. We faxed to our shipping addresses, didn't we?
    Michelle: Yes, and they were right when I put them into my computer. I swear.

    Tommy: And how could... Oh, man! This was so big!
    Michelle: I know it was big, but it wasn't my fault.

    Tommy: Why can't you put your files in the file cabinet like everybody else, uh? I mean, maybe if you weren't such a rebel, you could've avoided...
    Michelle: Don't worry because I've quit. So you won't have to put up with anything anymore.

    Tommy: Michelle, wait! ______ ___, please!
  2. How was the phrasal verb used in every scene? Have you noticed the difference on how it was used?

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

  • Back in the day, we had to go home as soon as the street lights came on.
    Come on, let’s win this game!
    His headaches began coming on after he lost his job.
    Why does she keep coming on to him when he has told her several times that he doesn’t like her?
    I can’t wait for the movie to come on next Wednesday.

  • LOIEnglish

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  • Rafael Ferreira

    Back in the day, we had to go home as soon as the street lights came on.
    Come on, let’s win this game!
    His headaches began coming on after he lost his job.
    Why does she keep coming on to him when he has told her several times that he doesn’t like her?
    I can’t wait for the movie to come on next Wednesday.

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