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Re: I'll come with

Posted by ESC on June 18, 2005

In Reply to: Re: I'll come with posted by Brian from Shawnee on June 17, 2005

: : : Why do some people (usually from a particular part of the country) say "I'll come with" instead of "I"ll come with you"?

: : A particular part of which country? I'm probably wrong to think of it as an Americanism, and I think I'd prefer to translate it as "I'll come along" rather than "I'll come with you," accentuated "I'll come WITH you." I think it's probably just an example of the American taste for ellipsis and whimsy, and I think it's a relatively recent locution (last century). It could have some connection with the German use of mitkommen, which means to come along. Darf ich mitkommen? Ja, komm mit. SS

: My grandmother, who was a first-generation American of Danish/German ancestry born in 1903, used to say "come with", "go with", etc. She lived her entire life in New Jersey. I don't know if this helps the original poster, but it seems to fit Smokey's German theory.

I am in the U.S. (West Virginia/Kentucky). This expression -- come with -- is fairly new to me.