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Come Back vs. Go Back

People often get "come back" and "go back" confused.

 

Come back means to return to a place you are IN.

(siesta: an afternoon nap (short sleep) especially in warm countries; you can say “have a siesta” or “take a siesta”)

Go back means to return to a place you are NOT in.

Here’s an easy way to remember “come back” vs. “go back”:

 

The letter “c” is closer to the beginning of the alphabet than the letter “g”. If you “come back”, you are returning to a place you are in. That is closer than to “go back”, to return to a place that you are not in.