What Is The Past Tense Of Coming? How To Use It?

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense Of Coming?

“Coming” is the present participle of the verb “come”. When you want to refer to the past action of “coming,” you should use the past tense form of “come”,  which is “came”.

“Come” is an irregular verb, and it has a vowel change in the past tense, while its past participle form is also “come.” You can check out the table below to learn other verb forms of coming:

Base Form/Infinitive Form (V1) come
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form comes
Past Simple Tense (V2) came
Past Participle Form (V3) come
Present Participle/Gerund coming

How To Pronounce Come And Came Correctly? 

The word “come” is pronounced as /kʌm/. Came is pronounced as /keɪm/ in both British and American accents. Check out the following table for more details:

Verb Forms Pronunciation 
British English language American English language
come /kʌm/ /kʌm/


/keɪm/ /keɪm/


/kʌm/ /kʌm/
coming /ˈkʌmɪŋ/ /ˈkʌmɪŋ/

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What Are The Definitions Of Come? How To Use Came?

The past tense of “come” describes an action that occurred and was finished in the past. Below are the meanings of “come”:

  • To approach or advance towards a person or place

Example: He came closer to me as I called his name loudly.

  • To reach or go to a place/destination

Example: Yesterday, they came to the park and enjoyed a picnic together.

  • To visit or arrive at a location for a specific purpose, usually to obtain something.

Example: She came to the store to buy groceries.

  • To travel or accompany someone to a specific place or event

Example: We came together for the wedding ceremony.

  • To cover a specific distance through travel

Example: He came all the way from across the country to visit his family.

  • To move in a particular way or while doing something else.

Example: They came running to catch the bus.

  • To occur or take place.

Example: The meeting came to an end after three hours of discussion.

  • To become

Example: The curtains came apart at the seams.

  • To reach a point where one realizes, understands, or believes something

Example: It came to me suddenly that I had forgotten my keys at home.

  • To ask about the way or reason something happened

Example: How did you come to meet your best friend?

  • To occupy or hold a specific position

Example: He came first in the race and received a gold medal.


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Past Tense Of Coming

Choose the correct answer to fill in the blank:

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She ____ to be the CEO’s company last year through her dedication and leadership.

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By the time I arrived yesterday, she had already ____ first in the competition.

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After much reflection, he ____ to understand the true meaning of forgiveness.

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She is ______ down the stairs while talking on the phone right now.

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He ______ to the office yesterday to collect his paycheck.

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The train _____ all the way from the neighboring city every hour.

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Yesterday, she ______ closer and hugged her friend tightly at the airport.

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What Are The Most Common Idioms Of Come?

Below are 5 most common idioms of “come”:

  • Come rain or shine: Regardless of the circumstances or weather conditions.

Example: I’ll be there for you, come rain or shine.

  • Come clean: To confess or admit the truth.

Example: He finally decided to come clean about his involvement in the incident.

  • Come out of nowhere: To appear or happen suddenly and unexpectedly.

Example: The car came out of nowhere and almost hit me.

  • Come/go/turn full circle: Returning to the starting point or completing a cycle.

Example: After many years, his career has come full circle, and he’s back where he started.

  • Come hell or high water: No matter what obstacles or challenges arise.

Example: He’s determined to finish the project, come hell or high water.

What Are Synonyms Or Antonyms Of Come In Certain Situations?

Below are the most common synonyms and antonyms of the verb “come” according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary:

To approach

  • Synonyms: enter, advance, drop in, pop in
  • Antonyms: go, withdraw, leave, retreat, exit, depart (See past tense of leave here)

To arrive

  • Synonyms: appear, get in, get through, show up, land, turn up, reach, hit, fetch, make.
  • Antonyms: go, leave, check out.

To become

  • Synonyms: get, go, grow, turn, run, change, modify, transfer, transform.
  • Antonyms: be, continue, remain, stay.

To happen:

  • Synonyms: happen, be, do, occur
  • Antonyms: remain, stand, stay, stop

Is There A Difference In Meaning Or Usage Between “Come” And “Go”?

Yes, there is a difference in meaning and usage between “come” and “go”. The difference lies in the perspective of the speaker and the direction of movement. (See the past tense of go)

“Come” indicates movement towards the speaker or the current location, while “go” indicates movement away from the speaker or the current location, to another place.


  • Come: Please come to my house for dinner tonight. (The speaker is inviting someone to move towards their location.)
  • Go: I need to go to the grocery store. (The speaker intends to move away from their current location towards the grocery store.)