But these days, of course, there are fewer and fewer donors left who I remember, and so in practice, I haven’t been choosing that much. As I say, the work gets a lot harder when you don’t have that deeper link with the donor, and though I’ll miss being a carer, it feels just about right to be finishing at last come the end of the year.

at the last sentence,has two verbs: feel,come. is this grammatical correct? this paragraph come from a novel whose author is The Nobel Literature winner,so I think this is not likely to be typo

  • "Come the end of the year" is a separate subordinate clause functioning as an adjunct. Nothing unusual here.
    – BillJ
    Mar 18 at 11:32
  • @BillJ at least one dictionary (Oxford Languages) describes 'come' used this way as a 'preposition'. Mar 18 at 11:36
  • @MichaelHarvey your answer is the best
    – CN.hitori
    Mar 18 at 13:57

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Come the end of the year is a way of saying 'when the end of the year comes', so come isn't a main verb in the sentence.

Compare the folk song 'I'm seventeen come Sunday'.

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