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Difference between Come in and Go in

come in

1. come to work in a house:

  • The charwoman “came in” for half a day on alternate days.

2. (of a train, etc.) arrive at its destination (according to schedule):

  • When does your train come in?

3. flow in:

  • Don’t stay on the rocks too long; the tide comes in a long way at this point.

4. arrive; be received:

  • News is just coming in of an air-crash over the Atlantic.

5. join a business as a partner:

  • My father started the insurance firm, and I came in when I was 18.

6. become seasonable or available:

  • When do strawberries come in?

7. become fashionable:

  • I expect long skirts will come in again soon.

8. take position in a competition:

  • He led most of the way but suddenly lost his strength and came in last.

9. be elected; come into power:

  • The socialists came in at the last election.

10. be received as income:

  • He doesn’t work; but he has at least a thousand a year coming in from investments.

11. (of a discussion, etc.) contribute a commentary:

  • I should like to come in here, as I happen to know the situation well.

12. happen; appear:

  • This is where the mistakes usually come in.

go in

1. fit inside smth.:

  • That space is too small, the bookcase won’t go in.

2. (of the sun or moon) disappear behind clouds:

  • At this time of the year, when the sun goes in, it is suddenly much colder.

3. arrive at one’s place of employment (to start work):

  • What time do you have to go in tomorrow?

4. (of troops) start an attack:

  • The soldiers were ordered to go in and seize the enemy position.

5. (UK coll.) be understood (also: sink in):

  • I keep trying to understand how the system works, but it doesn’t seem to go in.