General Writing and Grammar Help/Come close

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Dear Ted:

When do you use "come close" and "come closer"?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

When do you use "come close" and "come closer"?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** "Closer" is the comparative form, so it is one "degree" beyond "close."

She didn't even COME CLOSE close to finishing the race.

However, she CAME CLOSER than her boyfriend did.

Photographer:

I'm like the group to stand [come] CLOSE together.

Well, that's better, but you still need to stand [come] CLOSER.

Dirty old man to young child:  "Come CLOSE to me and I'll give you some candy.  The child takes three steps, and the dirty old man says, "You'll have to come CLOSER.  I cannot reach you."

Ted

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