Session 4

Vocabulary: 9 uses of 'come'

Enjoy our version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - and learn 9 different ways to use the word 'come'.

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Activity 1

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn part one - 5 uses of 'come'

A troubled childhood
The English word come has many meanings and uses. In this session, we bring you BBC Learning English's own version of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - and we've found many different ways to use the word come in it. 

To do

As you watch part one of the story, listen out for the different uses of the word come - and decide whether this summary of the story is correct or wrong:

  • Huckleberry Finn gives away his money and goes on an adventure with Jim, who has escaped from slavery. 

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Hello, I'm Darren. Today I've got a story about a boy who loves adventure. His life is sometimes fun, sometimes sad, but always exciting – and the boy's name is Huckleberry Finn.

So Huckleberry – let's call him Huck – has come into a bit of money. His sisters, and a lady called Miss Watson, are all trying to get him to improve his behaviour and his manners, and stop coming across as a street urchin! But all he wants to do is play pirates and robbers with his friends.

Huck decides to give away his money, but then his violent dad comes to see him, demanding the cash – of course, he's too late. This makes him furious and takes Huck off to live in filthy poverty down by the riverside. He's not happy about this and wants to escape his miserable existence. He comes up with a plan to fake his own death, and then goes to hide on a nearby island. It's here he meets Jim, Miss Watson's slave boy, who's run away and is trying to avoid being sold and sent away from his family.

Huck invites Jim to come with him on an adventure and they begin a journey along the Mississippi River. Along the way, they have fun, get into all sorts of trouble and escape being drowned. Huck's conscience is troubled by helping an escaped slave but they still become good mates. But the two boys don't remain together forever.

Something is about to go wrong – but to find out what, you'll have to join me in part two. I'll see you then. Bye for now.

To do

How was that? The summary was correct!

Have a go at our quiz to check you know the first set of come vocabulary.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - the story so far...

5 Questions

Let's check your understanding of the story - and the words and phrases with come. Decide whether each statement about the story is true or false. Choose 'We don't know' if there isn't enough information in the story to answer the question. Look at the vocabulary box if you need help.

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Come with us to the next page where you'll find out what happens next - and learn some more uses of come! See you there.

Session Vocabulary

  • come into (C2)
    received or found (something)

    coming across as (C1)
    behaving like

    comes (A1)

    comes up with (B2)
    thinks of (an idea or plan)

    come with (A1)


    A1 = Beginner
    A2 = Elementary
    B1 = Lower Intermediate
    B2 = Higher Intermediate
    C1 = Towards Advanced
    C2 = Advanced