Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

come along

come along
Meaning(s)
1) arrive or appear
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    • a chance like that doesn't come along every day
  • Analysis
     'To come along' means to 'arrive' or 'appear'. You can say 'an opportunity came along', meaning that an opportunity presented itself. "I'm waiting for the bus to come along" means you are waiting for the bus to arrive or appear. This is a widely used expression with slightly formal connotations.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. It's always the same...you wait ages for a bus and then two come along at the same time!
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. Emily doesn't really like her current job. In truth, she's just doing it until a better one comes along.
    2. You can't turn down that promotion. An opportunity like that doesn't come along every day!
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2) make progress
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    • things are coming along nicely
  • Analysis
     If you ask how something is 'coming along', you are asking what progress has been made or what new developments there are.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. The project has been coming along nicely since we set up a better system of communication between team members.
    2. I hear you're working on your sales pitch at the moment. How's it coming along?
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3) accompany somebody somewhere
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    • do you feel like coming along?
  • Analysis
     To invite someone to 'come along' means to invite them to come with you: "I am going to a party. You should come along." It is more often used in social contexts but can be used in professional situations, too. This is a more formal way of saying 'come with' or less formal than 'accompany'.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'll be going to the shops in about 15 minutes, if you feel like coming along.
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