Come Up

Come Up

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

    When something appears or happens, either expected or unexpected.

    The sun comes up at 6 o'clock every morning.
    I'm sorry I'm late, but something came up at the office right as I was getting ready to leave.

  2. 2

    To be mentioned in a conversation.

    You came up in bible study class this evening.
    The topic of employee raises didn't come up in the meeting.

  3. 3

    To gain more money and/or success.
    [Noun] {Come Up} Something that makes you more rich and successful.

    Immigrants move to America to come up, and live the American Dream.
    It's hard to come up when you're living paycheck-to-paycheck.
    Steve's new job is a come up compared to his last one.

  4. 4

    To create or think of something new

    We need everyone to come up with at least three ideas for the new project.
    Mark Zuckerberg came up with Facebook in his college dorm room at Harvard.

  5. 5

    When you go to speak to someone.

    A stranger came up to me on the street to ask for directions.
    I thought you'd never come up to talk to me.

  6. 6

    To travel farther north, or to a higher level.

    My father is coming up from Brazil this weekend.
    You have to come up to the roof deck to see the sunrise.

Come Up
  1. We didn't realize how long we had been partying until the sun ______ ______.
  2. Please tell the UPS guy to _____ ___ to the 115th floor to deliver the package.
  3. Steve's adventures always manage to ____ ____ in group conversations, regardless of what we're talking about.
  4. Prom is ______ ___ in a few weeks, and I still haven't chosen a prom dress yet!
  5. For some people, their tax refund check is an instant ______ _____.

Listen for the phrasal verb Come Up in the video clip of the famous Muhammad Ali's speech

  1. Muhammad Ali: I'm young, I'm handsome, I'm fast, I'm pretty and can't possibly be beat. It is befitting that I leave the game just like I came in, beating a big bad monster who knocks out everybody and no one can whoop him. So when little Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, _____ __ to stop Sonny Liston. The man who annihilated Floyd Patterson twice. HE WAS GONNA KILL ME! But he hit harder than George. His reach is longer than George's. He's a better boxer than George. And I'm better now than I was when you saw that 22-years old undeveloped kid running from Sonny Liston. I'm experienced now, professional. Jaws been broke, been knocked down a couple of times, I'm bad! Been chopping trees. I done something new for this fight. I done wrestled with an alligator. That's right. I have wrestled with an alligator. I've done tussled with a whale. I done handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail. That's bad! Only last week I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalized a brick! I'm so mean I make medicine sick!

    Don King: Bad dude!

    Muhammad Ali: Bad, fast! Fast! Fast! Last night I cut the light off in my bedroom, hit the switch and was in the bed before the room was dark.
  2. What was his speech about?

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

  • caroline

    We didn’t realize how long we had been partying until the sun came up.
    Please tell the UPS guy to come up to the 115th floor to deliver the package.
    Steve’s adventures always manage to come up in group conversations, regardless of what we’re talking about.
    Prom is coming up in a few weeks, and I still haven’t chosen a prom dress yet!
    For some people, their tax refund check is an instant come up.

    vidéo:
    So when little Cassius Clay from Louisville, Kentucky, came up to stop Sonny Liston

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