I'm David, I'm from Colombia, I'm new here, my first question is like the thing that has been on my mind since I started to learn English, what's the difference between:

Back to you


Back for you

in the context "I’ll be coming back for you" and "I keep on coming back to you"

if you can give me an example, it could be even better,

lots of thanks in advance. Edited*

  • Sorry, but context is needed.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 2, 2017 at 21:11

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They are entirely different in meaning, though there will be some contexts in which either is possible.

"To" with a verb of motion ("Come back") expresses the destination or target. "I'll be coming back to you" is a simple statement of intention, with no necessary implications.

"For" is most often a benefactive, so a possible meaning of "I'll be coming back for you" would be "I'll be coming back for your benefit" (though exactly what that benefit would be is not expressed). It does not even say that I'll come back to you: for example, if you have been accused of some crime, but I am guilty of it, I might mean that I'm coming back to give myself up, and get you exonerated - you might not even see me.

But actually, that interpretation is less likely than another meaning of "for" which is "for the purpose of". Again the precise interpretation is context dependent: if the object is an event, it will usually mean to participate in the event (I'm coming back for lunch/for Christmas/for the lecture). But with a personal pronoun, it will be interpreted as "to get you, or take you somewhere".


I'm coming back to you. = I'm coming back, and I will come to where you are.

I'm coming back for you = (most likely) I'm coming back in order to get you and take you somewhere.

  • I'll be coming back for you because "back" is where you are and I want to be near you.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 4, 2017 at 20:49
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    A more common benefactive "I'm coming back for you" might be "I'm coming back, against my better judgement, for no other reason than you asked me to."
    – Grump
    Oct 4, 2017 at 21:10
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    @Grump: yes, especially if spoken with emphasis on "you".
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 5, 2017 at 10:46

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