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why the author use ”come to discussing” ?

"Whilst they are faced with a barrage of information about terrorism on the internet or through the media, all too often they feel they hit a wall of silence when it comes to discussing the issue openly in schools, universities and with the police."

why the author use "come to discussing" instead of "come to discuss"

source: 3rd paragraph in

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/politics/20080807/tpl-nin...

if possible, can u explain is "come to" = "go to" in the above sentence ?

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    why the author use "come to discussing" instead of "come to discuss" – in this sentence, “discussing the issue openly in schools…” is a noun clause, and this is the reason why the writer used “discussing” after “to”.

    Another reason is that “when it comes to discussing….” Has 2 verbs in the clause, so one of them (usually the object) has to be changed to a gerund.

    if possible, can u explain is "come to" = "go to" in the above sentence ? – Not really.

    Come to = when it reaches to a moment – this is a passive clause even though we do not use passive voice.

    Go to = the verb itself has a meaning of actively doing something, which is not what the writer wanted to say. Moreover we seldom use “go to” in the context of “they hit a wall of silence” because of the reason I just mentioned.

    資料來源: Myself
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