to come across something

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to come across something

by | Last updated Apr 19, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 2 comments

This micro-dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to come across something'.

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Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Scottish

This micro-dictation contains the phrasal verb 'to come across something'.

 

How much of the sentence can you understand? Listen as many times as you need to, then check your understanding and practise using the new language.

 

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Photo by Kilyan Sockalingum on Unsplash.

 

Language: B2 (Upper-Intermediate)  //  Accent: Scottish

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I've such in my !

I've never across such acting in my whole !

About the sentence

to come across sth

to come across something = to find or discover something which you hadn't been looking for; to find something by accident.

This phrasal verb is a nice alternative for 'discover', especially when you find something that you had not been expecting to find, or which you were not looking for.

It could be something physical (a cafe, an interesting shop) or not physical (a statistic, an idea, a story).


The speaker used the present perfect here (I've never come across) because he is talking about his whole life. The time period of the sentence is unfinished, and this is an important reason for using the present perfect instead of the past simple.

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  • Tell me a story of something you came across - something that you discovered or found by accident.

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