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  • How to use the verb go in English

    Exercise 3

    Complete the sentences below with the words in the box. Use to, on or for, and a/the when necessary.
    beer    conference    doctor    prison    ride    running    safari    school    trip    walk    work

    EXAMPLE: After I get up, I have breakfast and I go to work.

    1 We would like to go in Tanzania next summer.

    2 I'm not going today. It's Saturday.

    3 The weather is perfect today. Why don't we go along the beach?

    4 I need to go . I think I'm ill.

    5 Every morning, I go for 30 minutes. I love doing exercise.

    6 Would you like to go after work? There's a new pub around the corner.

    7 Last year, I went about climate change and pollution in Berlin.

    8 After trying to rob a bank, he went for 5 years.

    9 They are saving to go around Europe.

    10 My friends and I love cycling. We always go on Sunday morning.


  • How to use verb go in English – Grammar chart

    In the table below, you can see the different ways to use the verb go in English.

    Educational chart showcasing various structures with the verb 'go' in English, including 'GO + direction/place', 'GO + -ing verb', 'GO TO + noun (place)', 'GO TO THE + noun (common place)', 'GO FOR A + noun (activity)', and 'GO ON A + noun (trip or similar)' with examples for each usage.

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    Go + -ing

    We use go + -ing verb for many sports, and also some other activities like shopping, dancing, clubbing, etc. 

    • I want to go shopping this afternoon.
    • We went kayaking on Lake Michigan.

    Go to


    We don’t use the in the expressions go to work and go to bed.

    • What time do you go to work?
    • I’m tired. I‘m going to bed


    We say go to school or go to university without the to mean that go to those places as students.

    • They couldn’t go to school for a few days because of the snow.
    • Almost 40% of young people go to university


    We say go to prison when someone is taken there as a prisoner.

    • He could go to prison if the judge finds him guilty. 

    Go to a/the

    We use go to a/the + nouns describing places or events. We use go to + the before nouns of places that we typically go in the city.

    • I need to go to the dentist
    • I‘m going to the bank

    You can know when we use a or the by checking the use of articles in English.

    Go for a

    We use go for a before nouns describing acitivities, such as a swim, a run, a walk, a ride, a drink, etc.

    • The weather is great today. I’m going to go for a swim.
    • I have a new bike. Would you like to go for a ride with me?

    Go on a

    We use go on a before nouns related to holidays, trips or similar, such as holiday, trip, journey, excursion, tour, cruise, etc.

    • He went on a cruise with his family.
    • Let’s go on an excursion to explore the area. 
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