Could you explain to me what is the difference between "come out winners" and "come out as winners"? Are they both ok to use?

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    They're both fine. In principle the as version could imply not actually - just like winners, and that could make a difference in some utterances using basically the same construction. But in the specific example here that's a meaningless distinction (coming out like a winner means you are a winner). Jan 26 at 11:50

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There is no difference.

Both are acceptable and commonly used.


Come out winners is a command.

Come out wherever you are!

Come out child.

As means to be like.

Acted as a cobra.

Coming out as winners means to be like a winner, to resemble a winner.

  • So when I say "they come out winners whenever they participate in the contest," I'm giving a command? Jan 26 at 14:28
  • Well, in this case, you should use 'as winners'. This version makes much more sense. Additionally, If you put a subject before a command phrase, it is no longer a command. "Eat your dinner", is not the same as "Sally eats her dinner". Commands usually start with a verb and aren't used in complex sentences. It's (verb) + (what you want someone to do)> Please look at this site for more examples: preply.com/en/question/command-sentences-in-english
    – Elainor
    Jan 26 at 14:29

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