Come over here.

Get over here.

Do these mean the exact same with the only difference being that the second one sounds a little more like an order?

  • I'd say the "get" version is more "slangy". Also note that imperative Get over here is only idiomatic as a standalone utterance when the preposition over is included, so that's another complication you have to get the hang of if you're going to use get. My advice is to avoid get wherever there's a well-established alternative, because there are many contexts where it can't completely replace the "right" verb. Nov 19, 2020 at 18:40
  • They are both orders in the form you have given. Nov 19, 2020 at 19:28

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"Get over here!" is extremely disrespectful in any context I can think of.


Angry mother to unruly child: Get over here! You have been misbehaving all day!

Bank robber to customers: Get over here and lie on the floor before I shoot you!

"Come over here!" is peremptory or enthusiastic depending on the context and tone of voice.

Teacher to pupils: All of you come over here. I want you to see this insect from close up.

Friend to friend: Quick! Come over here! There's an amazing acrobat performing in the street!


I think that they essentially mean the same thing, and as you said, that get over here is more like an order, but I also think that it is a matter of distance. If you were talking to a colleague across the room, you would probably say; 'come over here,' because all they have to do is travel across the relatively short distance between where you are and where he is. But if you were say, in the UK, and you were asking someone to join you who is in, for instance, Japan, then you might use get over here because they have a longer distance to travel than just walking across a room. Although you could also use come over here in that case and it would be perfectly acceptable.

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    The question asks about two simple sentences. They are both imperatives (commands). It would be just as impolite to tell someone in Japan "Get over here!" as it would to say it to someone nearby. You might ask them how they plan to get to the UK and that is polite. However telling anyone to get anywhere is peremptory at the least. Example: "Get down! They are shooting at us!" Nov 19, 2020 at 19:26

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