Friday, 16 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 77. Expressions with Come. Extra Key Word Transformation

1. "Can you tell me how the accident happened?" he enquired
COME
He enquired ________________________?
2. The bed separates into pieces so you can store it when you don't need it.
COMES
Since _____________________ you can store it when you don't need it.
3.You can't be serious, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.
COME
___________________, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.
4. Don't worry- he'll change his opinion and think like us, I'm sure of it. 
COME
Don't worry- he'll __________________ our way of thinking, I'm sure of it. 
5. We believed that the basic message of the TV programme was understood quite well.
COME
The basic message of the TV programme _______________________________ quite well. 
6. The pilots stopped working in order to show their support for the cabin crew during the one-day strike last week. 
CAME
The pilots ___________________________ the cabin crew during the one-day strike last week. 
7. Languages seem to be easy for Petra- she speaks at least five. 
COME
It ________________________________________ Petra- she speaks at least five. 
8. Their relationship didn't turn sour because of religion but because they had very different personalities.
CAME
It wasn't _____________________________________ but their very different personalities. 
9. Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed strictly in the order in which people arrive
COME
Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed ______________________________ basis.
10. This chairman is good at making promises but he hardly ever does what he has promised to do.  
COMES
This chairman is good at making promises but he hardly ever ______________________ goods.
11. I am getting on quite nicely with my essay, now I've found out which resources to use.
COMING 
My essay _____________________________, now I've found out which resources to use. 
12. Tony needs to accept the fact that he lost his job and learn to deal with it. 
COME
Tony needs to ______________________ losing his job. 
13. They strongly criticised the sales team at the meeting yesterday. 
CAME
The ________________________lot of criticism at the meeting yesterday.  
14. Isn't it time the government divulged their plans for education?
CAME
Isn't it time the government ____________________ their plans for education?  
15. If you should happen to find my wallet by chance, can you let me have it, please?
COME
Should _______________________________________, can you let me have it, please? 
16. She's hit on a brilliant idea to copy the latest fashions from Paris off the internet. 
COME
She's _______________________ a brilliant idea to copy the latest fashions from Paris off the internet.  
17. Phil had a huge argument with his girlfriend's father- I think they almost started hitting each other. 
CAME
Phil had a huge argument with his girlfriend's father- I think they almost ____________________.  
18. I'd always dreamt of owning my own boat, but I never thought it would really happen
COME
I'd always dreamt of owning my own boat, but I never thought it would be ___________________.
19. Tony and Lynne have become less rich than they were previously- these days they can't even afford proper holidays anymore.  
COME
Tony and Lynne have ____________________________- these days they can't even afford proper holidays anymore. 
20. Even though there was a report on the TV, none of the bystanders witnessing the accident has offered any information yet.  
COME
No witnesses to _______________________________________ yet, despite the report on the TV. 





KEY
1. He enquired how the accident had come about?
come about (that…) to happen. E.g. I don't know how it came about that we stopped loving each other.



2. Since the bed comes apart you can store it when you don't need it.
come apart: to break into pieces. E.g. The book just came apart in my hands. (Figurative) My whole life had come apart at the seams.



3. Come off it, that's not something ‘worth remembering’.
Come off it: (informal) used to disagree with somebody rudely. Sp. ¡anda! ¡no digas tonterías! E.g. Come off it! We don't have a chance.



4.  Don't worry- he'll come round/around to our way of thinking, I'm sure of it.
come round/ around to something change your opinion or decision because someone has persuaded you to agree with them. E.g. We were sure she'd come round in the end. He'll never come round to our way of thinking.



5. The basic message of the TV programme was believed to have come over/ across quite well. 
come over/across: to be understood. E.g. He spoke for a long time but his meaning didn't really come across. Stick to the facts and make sure they come over clearly.



6. The pilots came out in sympathy with the cabin crew during the one-day strike last week.
come out in sympathy with to stop working in order to show your support for other workers who are on strike. E.g. The railway workers came out in sympathy with the miners.



7. It seems that languages come easily to Petra- she speaks at least five.
come easily, naturally, etc. to somebody (of an activity, a skill, etc.) to be easy, natural, etc. for somebody to do. E.g. Acting comes naturally to her. 



8. It wasn't religion that came between them but their very different personalities.
come between somebody and somebody [no passive] to damage a relationship between two people. E.g. I'd hate anything to come between us. Nobody is going to come between me and my best friend.



9. Tickets for the concert are free and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.
first come, first served (saying) people will be dealt with, seen, etc. strictly in the order in which they arrive. E.g. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. You can't reserve a seat at the movie theater; it's strictly first come, first served. We should get to the book sale as soon as they open; it's first come, first served. We've got ten cheap computers on offer. It's first come, first served.



10. This chairman is good at making promises but he hardly ever comes up with the goods.
come up with the goods/ deliver the goods (informal) to do what you have promised to do or what people expect or want you to do. E.g. We'll have to replace him if he can't come up with the goods. We expected great things of the England team, but on the day they simply failed to deliver the goods. So far the team's new player has failed to deliver the goods. He hasn't scored in his first five games. She hired a songwriter who has written several hit tunes and he delivered the goods for her.



11. My essay is coming along quite nicely, now I've found out which resources to use.
come along to improve or develop in the way that you want. Progress. E.g. Your French has come along a lot recently. Thomas is more relaxed and his skills are coming along. The building work was coming along nicely. How's Kathleen coming along with her swimming?



12. Tony needs to come to terms with losing his job.
come to terms with something to accept something unpleasant by learning to deal with it. E.g. She is still coming to terms with her son's death.  She needed time to come to terms with her grief.



13.  The sales team came in for/ came under a lot of criticism at the meeting yesterday.
come in for something [no passive] to receive something, especially something unpleasant. E.g. The government's economic policies have come in for a lot of criticism.  Fast food has come in for further criticism in a report published today. The report came in for some sharp remarks from several experts.

come under: to be forced to experience something unpleasant. E.g. The head teacher came under a lot of criticism from the parents. The department had come under criticism for poor performance.  Airport security will now come under increased scrutiny.  The US President has come under pressure to step up the sanctions.



14. Isn't it time the government came clean about their plans for education?
come clean (with somebody) (about something) to admit and explain something that you have kept as a secret. E.g. let me come clean, I wear trousers because I think my legs look fat.  It is time that the Opposition came clean about their plans for the self-employed.

divulge: to give somebody information that is supposed to be secret. Reveal. E.g. Police refused to divulge the identity of the suspect.



15. Should you happen to come across my wallet, can you let me have it, please?
come across: to meet or find somebody/something by chance. E.g. I came across children sleeping under bridges. She came across some old photographs in a drawer.



16. She's come up with a brilliant idea to copy the latest fashions from Paris off the internet. 
come up with something [no passive] to find or produce an answer, a sum of money, etc. E.g. She came up with a new idea for increasing sales. How soon can you come up with the money?



17. Phil had a huge argument with his girlfriend's father- I think they almost came to blows.
come to blows (over something) to start hitting each other because of something. E.g. We almost came to blows over what colour the new carpet should be. 



18. I'd always dreamt of owning my own boat, but I never thought it would be a dream come true
come true to become reality. E.g. Winning the medal was like a dream come true. Jane's wishes had come true. Dave wondered if his dreams would ever come true. The good things we've been hoping for are actually coming true.



19. Tony and Lynne have come down in the world- these days they can't even afford proper holidays anymore.
come/go down/up in the world to become less/more important or successful in society than you were previously. E.g. Mr. Jones has really come down in the world since he lost his job. If I were unemployed, I'm sure I'd come down in the world, too.



20. No witnesses to the accident have come forward yet, despite the report on the TV.
come forward to offer your help, services, information, etc. E.g. Several people came forward with information. Police have asked witnesses of the accident to come forward. The National Blood Service is anxious for more donors to come forward. Police said that several people had come forward with information about the attack.

bystander: a person who sees something that is happening but is not involved. Onlooker. E.g. innocent bystanders at the scene of the accident
 
 
 
   

 
 
 

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