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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "come along" and "come together"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

P.S. Ted, How are you today? Do you feel any better?

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Dear Paolo:

  

Is there a difference between "come along" and "come together"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** There is a difference.  "Come along" suggests a movement toward something.  "Come together" indicates that people should close the gap among each other.  There is no suggestion of "moving toward" something else.

COME ALONG --

Come along with us to the movies.

May I come along with you?  I enjoy visiting art museums.



COME TOGETHER --

The convention gives us a chance to come together.

Wed come together to share our thoughts and experiences.

Ted

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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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