arrive / come / get / reach

Come is a general word used for entering a current place. It can be used for coming from short distances or long distances.

  • My sister lives in London, but next week she’s coming to visit me in Atlanta.
  • Our neighbors are coming over for dinner tonight.
  • Come here – I want to show you something.

    Arrive and reach are usually used for travel. Reach usually implies that the distance was long, or there was some difficulty in arriving.

  • If we catch the 6 AM train, we’ll arrive in the city around 7:30.
  • We had been driving for eight hours, and we were exhausted by the time we reached Miami.

    The word get is simply an informal way to talk about arriving or reaching a destination:

  • If we catch the 6 AM train, we’ll get to the city around 7:30.
  • We had been driving for eight hours, and we were exhausted by the time we got to Miami.
  • Let’s go to the new shopping center tomorrow. Do you know how to get there, or do you need directions?
  • My brother always takes a nap after he gets home from work.

    Note that we say get to most destinations. But with here, there, and home, we don’t use “to” – we say get here, get there, get home.