to come across well/badly

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to come across well/badly

by | Last updated May 7, 2019 | Phrasal verbs | 0 comments

This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to come across well/badly'. Do you know this phrasal verb? How much of the sentence can you understand?

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Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

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This sentence contains the English phrasal verb 'to come across well/badly'. Do you know this phrasal verb? 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.

 

If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

 

Language: C1 (Advanced)  //  Accent: English (RP)

 

Photo by Charles 🇵🇭 on Unsplash

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I’m quite badly – I blank.
I’m I came quite badly in interview – I completely blank.

About the sentence

to come across well/badly

The phrasal verb 'to come across' is used to describe the impression a person gets of someone's personality, based on how they behave. 

Imagine you have a job interview. If you arrive on time, are dressed appropriately and act in a polite way, then you would probably come across well. The interviewer would get a positive impression of you.

If you arrive late, are wearing an old t-shirt, and forget the interviewer's name, then you would almost certainly come across badly. The interviewer would get a negative impression of you.

Although it is common (and easy) to use this phrasal verb with well/badly, we can also be more specific by using 'to come across as sth'. e.g. "Your mother and I enjoyed meeting your girlfriend. She came across as a very interesting and friendly person".


'To go blank' = to forget what you were going to say next, or to have no idea how to answer a question. e.g. "It was so embarrassing - I went completely blank when I was introducing him to a friend, and couldn't remember his name".

Discussion questions:

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  • Can you remember a time when you came across really well?

  • Can you remember a time when you came across really badly?

  • Have you ever met anyone who made a very bad impression on you? 

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