General Writing and Grammar Help/Come close


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.


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.


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."


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Ted Nesbitt


I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.


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B. A. and M. A in English; MSIS in Library & Information Sciences; graduate study in philosophy

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