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The expression "come on" seems to have different meanings or nuances depending on the context. Could you explain?


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You're right, "come on" does have a few different nuances depending on the context. In this context, "come on" means the same thing as "let's go" or "hurry up". You can tell it means this here because they are rushing around and trying to avoid danger. In other contexts, "come on" may be used to express anger or annoyance towards someone else. In those cases, you can tell that someone is using it to express annoyance based on their tone of voice and the stress of the syllable "come" instead of "on". Ex: Come on! We're going to be late for the meeting. Ex: Oh come on, you seriously didn't hear what I just said?

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