Can I say something like

Come you there, I'll get you.


Or should I only say something like

Should you come there, I'll get you.


I understand that it looks like I must use an auxiliary verb in a subject-auxiliary inversion kind of by definition :) But I'm just not sure if I absolutely need it.


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You don’t say:

  • Come *you there, I’ll get you.

Because the you is wrong.

For that matter, so is there since the locative deictic that pairs with come is here not there; there pairs with go.

You instead say:

  • Come here and I’ll get you.
  • Go there and I’ll get you.

Which means:

  • I’ll get you if you come here.
  • I’ll get you if you go there.

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