Come Up With

Come Up With

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

    When you think of a solution, idea, plan, or excuse.

    My two year old daughter is always coming up with funny things to say.
    You'd better come up with a good excuse for being late, or you'll be fired!

Come Up With
  1. We hoped the president would ____ ___ ___ a good plan to get the economy going again.
  2. In the "Battle of the Brains" game, the contestants have to _____ ___ ___ an answer really fast. The team who _____ ___ ___ an answer first pushes the buzzer and gives the correct answer in order to get a point.
  3. Steven has a lot of great ideas. Now if only he can ______ ____ ___ ways to put his ideas to action, he'd be a really successful businessman.
  4. I can't believe this! After they ______ ____ ___ an excuse to get them out of trouble, they're now _____ ____ ___ another plan that can put them in the same situation.
  5. Sometimes it's hard to ____ __ ____ good sentences for these exercises!

Listen for the phrasal verb Come Up With in the video clip from the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  1. Ron: What are they doing, keeping a thing like that locked up in a school?

    Hermione: Didn't you see what it was standing on?

    Ron: l wasn't looking at its feet! l was preoccupied with its heads or maybe you didn't notice... there were three!

    Hermione: lt was standing on a trap door. lt wasn't there by accident. lt's guarding something.

    Ron: Guarding something?

    Hermione: That's right. Now if you two don't mind, I'm going to bed before either of you _____ __ _____ another clever idea to get us killed - or worse, expelled.

    Ron: She needs to sort out her priorities!
  2. What was the dialogue about?

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

  • We hoped the president would come up with a good plan to get the economy going again.
    In the “Battle of the Brains” game, the contestants have to come up with an answer really fast. The team who comes up with an answer first pushes the buzzer and gives the correct answer in order to get a point.
    Steven has a lot of great ideas. Now if only he can come up with ways to put his ideas to action, he’d be a really successful businessman.
    I can’t believe this! After they came up with an excuse to get them out of trouble, they’re now comming up with another plan that can put them in the same situation.
    Sometimes it’s hard to come up with good sentences for these exercises! (You are doing a great job, though.)

  • susana gonzalez

    We hoped the president would CAME UP WITH a good plan to get the economy going again.
    In the “Battle of the Brains” game, the contestants have to COME UP WITH an answer really fast. The team who COMES UP WITH an answer first pushes the buzzer and gives the correct answer in order to get a point.
    Steven has a lot of great ideas. Now if only he can COMES UP WITH ways to put his ideas to action, he’d be a really successful businessman.
    I can’t believe this! After they CAME UP WITH an excuse to get them out of trouble, they’re now COMMING UP WITH another plan that can put them in the same situation.
    Sometimes it’s hard to COMES UP WITH good sentences for these exercises!

  • LOIEnglish

    Joan…careful with the spelling in the continuous tense: coming up with

  • OK! Thanks! ­čÖé

  • LOIEnglish

    Susana,

    You have the same mistake in Question #1 and Question #3: would come up with, can come up with (remember when there is a modal verb: can, could, would, should, might, may, will, shall, must; we use the infinitive form of the verb without to: I should go, he should come, he must come up with)

    Also note that the continuous form is coming up with
    It is hard to COME up with good sentences. (‘is’ is the active verb in the sentence which means we use the infinitive form of the verb with to)

  • susana gonzalez

    OK, GREAT!

    THAT WAY IT’S LISTENS BETTER

  • gloria

    1. We hoped the president would come up with a good plan to get the economy going again
    2. In the “Battle of the Brains” game, the contestantshave to come up with an answer really fast. The team who cames up with an answer first pushes the buzzer and gives the correct answer in order to get a point.
    3. Steven has a lot of great ideas. Now if only he can comes up with ways to put his ideas in action, he’d be a really successfull businessman
    4. I can’t believe this! After they come up with an excuse to get them out of trouble, they’re now coming up with another plan that can put them in the same situation.
    5. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with good sentences for this exercises

    The dialogue is about the guardians of something unknown. And Hermione said to them that they have had a very bad idea and she don’t want to go through with any idea that comes from them.

  • LOIEnglish

    the team who COMES up with

    Now if only he can COME up with (we don’t conjugate verbs when they follow a modal verb, can, could, must, might, would, should, shall)

    …and she DOESN”T want to go through with any idea that comes from them.

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