The meaning of come in this sentence What is the meaning of come in this sentence? I understand that the meaning is similar to been but I am not sure. -The Italians had come close to total disaster. Thanks in advance.
Aug 4, 2014 4:44 PM
Answers · 6
The Italians almost had a total disaster. The Italians barely escaped total disaster. The Italians had a close approach to total disaster. The Italians were in danger of total disaster. They did not HAVE total disaster. They may not have had ANY problem at all. They were a short distance away from total disaster, but they avoided it. This is total different: The Italians had an almost total disaster.
August 4, 2014
I can try to answer this. In this case, "come" is part of the phrase "come close" which means "approach without actually touching/achieving." For example, a boat can "come close" to the shore or you can "come close" to hitting another car. You can also "come close" to getting a job or winning a contest. Whatever the situation, to "come close" means getting close without achieving. For the Italians to "come close" to total disaster, it means that they were approaching disaster but avoided it. I hope that doesn't make it more confusing!
August 4, 2014
come close phrase of close It means : almost achieve or do. "he came close to calling the President a liar" ------------- source : google
August 4, 2014
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