The phrase “more to come” is often heard in speech and seen in informal writing. It is popular in live news broadcasts and weather forecasts, but what does it really mean and when is it used?
What Does “More to Come” Mean?
The expression “more to come” is used to convey the idea that other content or events, similar to that which you have just experienced, will follow shortly. The phrase is used often in the entertainment industry, as a device to encourage the listener to stay for the next installment.
Although most often heard in the context of broadcasting news or forecasting weather, “more to come” also announces ongoing events, over any time period, and conveys the idea that “it is not over yet”. For instance, if the effects of a hurricane are continuing, there is “more to come”.
This also applies when the speaker is delivering a promise or an order that is short of requirements. Here, the delivery would be accompanied by the assurance that there is “more to come”.
What Does “Many More to Come” Mean?
Where “more to come” does not specify things, “many” refers to countable items, such as “storms”. In this case, the speaker could refer to the storms by saying there are “many more to come”. This is a literal expression meaning that there will be a lot more storms to follow.
Although the phrase “more to come” is generally used to refer to events or things that will follow, when we want to increase the amount or volume, we can add emphasis with “much”, so that the expression becomes “much more to come”.
This expression may be used to refer to anything, whether countable or not. However, when we refer to countable objects, such as storms, gifts, or surprises, the word “much” is replaced by “many”. In this case, we would say that there are “many more to come”. For instance, there are “many more storms “to come.
How to Use “More to Come” In a Sentence
We use “more to come” when are talking about something which is expected to continue. This also applies to things delivered or promised. The expectation is that there will be more deliveries later, or at some point in the future.
Here are some examples of how to use “more to come” in a sentence:
- There has been very heavy rain and flooding in nearly every region of the country today – and the weathermen say there is more to come!
- I hope you have enjoyed this afternoon’s coverage of the action at the French Open this afternoon. We are going to have a break, but don’t go away as there is more to come right after this.
- This week has seen some very bad news for the economy, but it’s not over yet and the banks have warned that there is more to come.
- The marathon runner has already raised thousands of pounds for the charity and his manager has told us that there is more to come.
- The government have pledged significant financial support for the victims of the fire, and the local council have promised that there is more to come after the committee meets this evening.
- When they returned a fraction of the money, they promised me that there would be more to come, but I am still waiting.
- The children were delighted by their presents on Christmas morning, and they waited eagerly for dinner time when there would be more to come.
“More to Come” – Synonyms
The phrase “more to come” is used to entice or to promise. It assures that whatever has been happening will follow or will continue to unfold or that it is not over yet.
Here are five synonyms for “more to come”:
- It’s not over yet
- This is just the start
- Watch this space for more
- Some more to follow
- Keep(s) on coming
Martin holds a Master’s degree in Finance and International Business. He has six years of experience in professional communication with clients, executives, and colleagues. Furthermore, he has teaching experience from Aarhus University. Martin has been featured as an expert in communication and teaching on Forbes and Shopify. Read more about Martin here.