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Difference between Come forward and Go forward

come forward

1. stand out:

  • The great door was ornamented with figures, some coming forward so that they looked real.

2. present oneself (with an offer to help):

  • The police have asked for witnesses of the accident to come forward.

3. (of an issue) be raised for discussion:

  • The matter was deferred at last evening’s meeting, but will come forward at our next session.

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the phrase come to the fore—(also: come to the front) become conspicuous or popular:

  • Andrew Young came to the fore during the Civil Rights marches of the 1960s.

go forward

1. improve; make progress:

  • Work on the new hospital is going forward at a satisfactory pace.

2. be presented (to an authoritative body) for consideration or approval:

  • Your name will go forward to the committee when they are considering the new appointments.

3. (of the clock or watch) be moved to a later hour:

  • Do the clock go forward in the spring?

See also: come out ahead / go ahead.