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 2

Will Jim ever be freed?

Will Jim ever get his freedom?

How do you think the story ends?

A) Huck becomes Jim's 'owner'
B) Jim's original 'owner' frees Jim 
C) Huck gives Jim the money to buy his own freedom
D) Something else

To do

Watch the video and find out which option is correct. And listen out for four more uses of come.

Watch the video and complete the activity

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Darren
Hello again. I'm Darren. Last time I told you about Huckleberry Finn, who has run away from his violent father, and is travelling up the Mississipi River with an escaped slave called Jim.

The boys' adventures continue until Jim is recaptured and locked in a hut. Huck is determined to help him escape and together with his friend Tom Sawyer, they come to his rescue – but things don't go to plan, and something far worse is yet to come.

They discover that Jim is about to be executed – Huck and Tom find him just in time and Tom declares that Jim has saved his life. Also, it comes to light that Miss Watson, Jim's owner, has died and in her will she has freed him, so Jim is no longer a slave. Jim's life is saved – but what about Huck's mean old father? It turns out that he has already died – so there's nothing to worry about there. And there's better news – Huck still has all the money he had found earlier so maybe it's time for him to start behaving like a good, rich boy…? But that doesn't come naturally to him – there are still plenty of adventures to have.

And that's the adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It's a good story, isn't it? Well I hope you can join me for another one soon. Bye for now.

To do

So, the correct answer was B) Jim's original 'owner' frees Jim. She (Miss Watson) had left instructions in her will for Jim to be freed after her death.

Now come with us to do a fun quiz to practise the different uses of come. Good luck!

What's the use of 'come'?

5 Questions

Choose the best expression with come to fill each gap.

Congratulations you completed the Quiz
Excellent! Great job! Bad luck! You scored:
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Over to you

How was that? Now it's time for you to tell us a story! It can be a true story or an imagined one - but it must be your own original work. Try to use as many of the phrases with come as possible:

  • come into
  • coming across as
  • comes
  • comes up with
  • come with
  • come to the rescue
  • yet to come
  • comes to light
  • come naturally 

Email your story to us at learning.english@bbc.co.uk. Make sure you write 'come story' in the subject line and in your email too. Unfortunately, we can't give individual feedback, but we do read every email, and we’ll publish our favourites here or on our social media sites.

Session Vocabulary

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

    coming across as (C1)
    behaving like

    comes (A1)
    arrives

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

    come with (A1)
    join

    come to the rescue (C2)
    help

    yet to come (B2)
    going to happen

    comes to light (C2)
    is revealed

    come naturally (C1)
    is very easy

    KEY

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