From President Johnson's speech


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In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis.
This is from a President Johnson's famous speech:
In our time we have come to live with moments of great crisis. Our lives have been marked with debate about great issues; issues of war and peace, issues of prosperity and depression. But rarely in any time does an issue lay bare the ...
What exactly does "have come" mean? I have struggled to find a correct meaning of it in vain.
  • JennR

    Senior Member
    US English
    Hi Cheshire,

    as I understand it, "have come" could be to "accept" or "deal with" the moments of crisis.

    If I were to write it today, I would have written:

    In our time we accept moments of great crisis....



    Senior Member
    I think that the use of "have come to" in this case emphasizes the fact that over time we have arrived at a point at which we accept crises as the norm, which in the past would have been considered unusual or exceptional.


    Senior Member
    American English
    I think the's 5th or 6th meaning of "come" fits best here: "To reach a particular point in a series or as a result of [a]progression." Finally we have come to the end of our journey.


    Senior Member
    USA - English
    I tend to agree with Joelline here.

    Look at it this way:

    In our time we have come to [a point where we] live with moments of great crisis.

    He's saying that "we have arrived here."