Have you ever had trouble coming up with a gift idea?

 

How to use “COME UP WITH”

Is there someone in your life who is really difficult to find presents for?

Maybe your dad doesn’t want anything, but you still want to give him a present.

You need to come up with a gift idea for him.

This 3-word phrasal verb means “to find an idea.”

Let’s look at some more sample sentences:

I’m trying to come up with a vacation plan for next year.

For my homework, I need to come up with a thesis paper topic.

We have been married for 25 years, so it’s hard to come up with new anniversary ideas.

In all of these situations, you’re not finding a physical object. Instead, you’re trying to find a plan, a topic, or an idea.

**Make sure that you keep this phrasal verb all together. You can’t split it!

 

I need to come up with some money

In almost every situation, we use this phrasal verb for non-physical things, like ideas.

But there is one situation where we can use a physical object… Money!

Let’s take a look at an example:

The concert is tomorrow, so I need to come up with $100 before midnight.

When we talk about money, it means that you need to find a way to get an amount of money.

Maybe you will ask a friend, sell something, or look under the couch.

The money isn’t easily accessible, so you need to come up with a way to find the money.

Let’s see some more examples:

His credit card bill is due tomorrow, so he has to come up with the full amount soon!

 I want to buy Vanessa’s English course, so I need to come up with the monthly fee.

 

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments below this video, answer the question.

Can you make a sentence using “come up with”? Who is it difficult to come up with present ideas for?

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