From NPR:

So go ahead, join the entomologists and hope for another even colder polar vortex to come settle over the country again this winter.

I guess the word "settle" is used as a verb here. So does the word "come" have a usage like "come do something"? I couldn't find the usage in the dictionary. Could you give me some more examples like "come settle"? Thanks.

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It's common in informal American English (hat tip: @Damkerng) to omit the word "and" from the phrase "come and X". For example, the following pairs of sentences are equivalent:

Why don't you come and watch the movie with us?
Why don't you come watch the movie with us?

He can come and write his essay in our room.
He can come write his essay in our room.

Similarly, the phrase "come settle" in your sentence means the same thing as "come and settle".

  • Practical English Usage notes this usage as informal American English under entry 53.3. Jan 12, 2014 at 4:09
  • @DamkerngT. Good to know! I just assumed it was universal. :-)
    – godel9
    Jan 12, 2014 at 4:35

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