comings and goings

Hello Alan, Mister Micawber, Beeesneees, Mordant, Esl_Expert and other native English speakers,

oxfordadvancedlearnersdictio … ary/coming
comings and goings (informal)
the movement of people arriving at and leaving a particular place

  • It’s hard to keep track of the children’s comings and goings.

As for the sample sentence, wouldn’t it be enough to say “It’s hard to keep track of the children”?

Hi Tofu,

‘Comings and goings’ suggests a lot of activity,and busy movement and is therefore more graphic in its description.


Thank you, Alan.